Summer aggravates water,power woes

Even as the mercury continues to rise,the residents of the city,especially those in southern sectors,reel under unscheduled power cuts and battle the erratic water supply.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:May 12, 2012 3:45 am

Even as the mercury continues to rise,the residents of the city,especially those in southern sectors,reel under unscheduled power cuts and battle the erratic water supply.

The residents of sectors 35,40,41,44,43,45,46,47 and 61 are the worse hit,facing both erratic power supply and shortage of water. The worst affected are those residing on the upper floors where water comes with low pressure.

This has belied tall claims of the Municipal Corporation (MC) and the electricity department. While the MC had claimed to provide proper water supply to a majority of sectors during summer,the electricity department had said there would be no shortage of power this summer as advanced preparations had been made.

In fact,the MC complaint centre is inundated with complaints of low-water pressure from various parts of the city. MC councillors have also been complaining about low-water pressure in their respective areas.

Residents of colonies are equally hit with both colony numbers 4 and 5 not having adequate power supply. In fact,the residents of Colony Number 4 have been protesting for the past four days as there has been no water supply.

Sources in the MC say the city needs 114-115 MGD of water,especially during peak hours. The city currently draws 78 MGD from Kajauli water works and another 20 MGD from the tubewells,and is still short of over 16-17 MGDs,resulting in less hours of water supply and low pressure.

The situation is no different as far as power supply is concerned. In fact,residents of Sector 45 for the past one week have been reeling under unscheduled power cuts between 10 pm till 1 am. Similarly,residents of sectors 35,42 and 61 are also facing late-night power cuts. “The worst part is that nobody picks up the phone at the complaint centre,” said Ramesh Agarwal,a resident of Sector 61.

However,UT finance secretary V K Singh said,“There is no shortage of power this season. In fact,this time,we have already bought additional power from nearby states. There was a problem at the Mohali grid three days back which triggered sudden power cuts. The situation has improved now. I will still check if there are some sectors which are facing unscheduled power cuts.”

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