The hunger strike by Junagadh city MLA and BJP councillors demanding sufficient water for the city entered fourth day on Monday with the local administration refusing to budge from its position.
MLA Mahendra Mashru and 21 councillors of the opposition BJP went on an indefinite fast on Friday demanding installation of additional small water tanks and taps in the Zanzarda area.
The locality has been recognised as an outgrowth area but does not have water distribution network.
Junagadh Municipal Corporation installed 30 tanks in the area but this is not sufficient. Five to six more tanks are required while a few of the already installed needs to be shifted to other locations so that residents do not have to walk long distances to draw drinking water, said Arvind Bhalani,councillor from ward no.14.
Bhalani,who is among those fasting,said they would call off the strike once the civic body starts the installation work which,according them,would cost the corporation Rs 5-7 lakh.
Municipal commissioner Dilip Rana,meanwhile,said that adequate arrangements were being made and that there was no reason for agitation.
Distribution lines have already been laid… Water tanks are being constructed. As an interim arrangement,we have installed 30 small water tanks and water stands in the area. While I admit this is not enough,we are making efforts to ensure that residents get regular water supply, Rana told The Indian Express.
Junagadh has a population of around 3.2 lakh and the civic body distributes around 11 million litres water per day (MLD).
Hasnapur dam (6 MLD) and Narmada water (4 MLD) are major sources of drinking water. However,depleting level of water in Hasnapur dam has hit the city hard.