Residents of Charan Singh Colony at Mauli Jagran alleged that many of them are falling ill, as they have been receiving contaminated water supply.
The local residents said the water supply and sewerage pipelines got mixed, leading to the supply of contaminated water.
The residents who have been diagnosed with typhoid and diarrhea were taking treatment at the local hospitals. Resident Taknia said she fell ill after consuming the unclean water. For what does the authorities send us high water bills? she asked.
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Another resident, Anwar Ali, is suffering from diarrhea. His son Nassirudin said: “I have purchased four bottles of drinking water since morning. My father is suffering from indigestion and diarrhea. How can the authorities be so insensitive?”
Inmates of the colony said they have to walk long distance to get water from tubewells in Panchkula. “We bring drinking water daily from the tubewell near the dispensary. Sometimes we take autorickshaws to bring water from Panchkula. Everybody has been falling ill. We cannot afford to consume this unclean water,” said residents Sitara and Heena.
The residents alleged that despite repeated complaints to the authorities, nothing was done to address the problem. “We protested against the municipal corporation outside their office recently for demand of clean water supply, but they used water canons on us,” said resident Mohammad Sadeeq.
Meanwhile, officials of the health department said the residents were using suction pumps, leading to the contamination. “The residents have
installed suction pumps in their houses and bathrooms to boost water to the second and third floors. The contaminated water gets sucked through the pumps, when the water supply is off. We have asked them not to use suction pumps, but they did not pay heed,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal from the UT health department.
B Purushartha, municipal commissioner, said: “We will find the reasons as to how the colony has been getting contaminated water and necessary steps will be taken.”