The Municipal Corporation councillors on Tuesday held a three-hour debate on the water crisis in the city during the meeting of the General House. However, the only move they could agree on was to launch a drive to check installation of water pumps directly on water supply lines.
An agenda for augmentation of water supply from Kajauli Water Works to the city was deferred after a heated debate between Congress and BJP councillors.
Councillor Heera Negi brought up the issue of low water pressure in several areas. Councillor Rajinder Kaur Rattu alleged that in Mauli Jagran, sewerage was mixing with drinking water.
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The agenda for releasing Rs 98 crore to Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) which is half the cost of the total project for laying pipelines for Phase 5 and 6 of Kajauli Water Works, was deferred. Once the two phases are functional, the city is expected receive additional water supply of 40 million gallons daily (mgd).
Congress councillor Subash Chawla sought that the agenda be postponed for the next meeting, saying the matter should be discussed when the strength of the House was more. BJP councillor Arun Sood, meanwhile, demanded that the issue be resolved with immediate effect.
He added, “As per the MC records, 25 per cent water goes down the drain because of leakage and other reasons. Besides, there are no meter installed on the water supply line from Chandigarh to Mohali, due to which there was no record of the volume of water being supplied to the neighbouring city.” The issue was, however, deferred.
Subhash Chawla added that the details of who made the payment for the first four phases of Kajauli Water Works also be tabled in the House.
As soon as the MC House meet commenced, Mayor Poonam Sharma presented an agenda for inclusion of Anuj Saini, son of the late Rock Garden creator Nek Chand Saini, as a permanent member of the Rock Garden committee.
However, not even a single councillor acceded to the motion.
Chandigarh receives 88 mgd, of which 58 mgd is canal water and the remaining is from tubewells. The demand for water in peak summers is 116 mgd.
There is already a gap in the supply which would increase in the coming years.
Owing to a dispute between the Punjab and Haryana governments, the proposal of Chandigarh to get additional water from Kajauli was hanging fire for several years.