After the northern grid failure,power was restored in a large part of the city by noon. However,the city remained without water till late in the evening. While the residents said that it was because of the lack of coordination between the tubewell operators and Municipal Corporation (MC) officers,the latter had a different story to tell.
MC Additional Commissioner Kamlesh Bansal said,Due to the power cut of 10 hours in the whole city,the water pipes had gone dry. When power was restored,the majority of the residents switched on their tullu pumps to get their water tanks filled. However,this created a negative pressure and,hence,delayed the water storage process. We faced this problem in almost all the areas of the city. Bansal said that the the water pipes are full with water after a tubewell runs for more than an hour. But the residents were in a hurry to switch on the tullu pumps and,hence,they faced the water scarcity.
No water supply was seen in Model Town,Model Town Extension,Pakhowal Road colonies,Model Gram and Old City areas till late in the evening. To give a breather to the residents,the tubewell operators were seen telling them to fill the water tanks in the wee hours.
Because of the unscheduled power cuts,the tubewell operators now switch on the tubewells at 3 am and sometimes even at 2 am as well so that water pipes are full with water when the residents start storing water in morning hours. The Municipal Corporation tubewell operators informed that normally there is a power cut at about 4 am in many areas. So they have devised a way to switch on the tubewells at 3 am.
They asked the residents to get up early in the morning to get the problem of water scarcity sorted out.