Prolonging the inconvenience caused to the Mohali residents,the ongoing water crisis is likely to continue for few more days. With no other water source left,the residents are forced to buy water tankers at higher prices to meet the basic needs. Officials claim that there would be no water supply in Mohali till repair work of the pipeline is completed.
Water supply was suspended in the town following damage to Phase III and Phase IV pipelines of Kajauli Water Works on August 20. The damage was caused by the excavation work being done for laying out Phase V and Phase VI near Gharuan village.
We repaired the damaged pipeline in the morning,but somehow the leakage started again. Now,it may take another 3-4 days, said an official from Department of Water Supply and Sanitation (DWSS). RP Gupta,executive engineer,DWSS,said that it would take at least two days to fix the pipes. Though the whole town is facing the shortage,phases 9,10,11 and the adjoining areas are particularly hit. The department has arranged for tankers.
I think twice before drinking a glass of water. For last five days,we have been buying bottled water for drinking. Water is available for just half an hour everyday, said Vijay Kumar,a resident of Phase 10. With increase in shortage,the prices of water tankers have risen too. A water tanker which a week ago costed Rs 300 now costs Rs 500-600. Although DWSS maintains that it is sending tankers free of cost,residents maintained that they are mostly buying water. Its the residents themselves who are causing the increase in prices. We are sending tankers free of cost but somebody or the other intercepts them mid-way by paying more than the normal price. The residents must deal with the crisis responsibly before pointing fingers at others, said Gupta.
The new pipelines from Kajauli Water Works are being laid to meet the towns requirement of 23 million gallons daily. At present,four pipelines from Kajauli bring 10 mgd to Mohali while around 1.5 mgd is brought by 28 tubewells,thus fulfilling only half of the towns requirement. The new pipelines are expected to be completed by August next year.