Amritsar region faces drinking water crisis



Tribune News Service

Charanjit Singh Teja

Amritsar, April 23

Even though summer has not yet officially arrived, the drinking water crisis has emerged as a serious problem in some parts of the city. Despite the large amounts of money spent drilling boreholes and installing motors, a large number of tube wells fail each year. Ironically, in some areas residents are without water because motors have broken down.

Residents of Pawan Nagar Main Bazaar in Ward 26, Rambagh area in Ward 51 and Thumpai area along Batala Road complained about the supply of contaminated water.

Water supply has also been suspended in Sandhu Colony along Batala Road, areas near Sikka Gas Agency, Godown Road, Batala Road and Zone No. 7. Residents of Kabir Park and Guru Tegh Bahadur Colony said Gujrat Gas Corporation was laying gas pipelines. Locals are digging up roads, negatively impacting water supplies in the process. There is no MC official to handle complaints. Gas company employees also do not pay attention to their problems. Residents of 5th Avenue, Guru Gobind Singh Nagar (East) and Majitha Road will also be affected. Water pumps remained broken on New Golden Avenue, leaving residents without water for three days. Water pumps at Choti Park, Tikoni Park and Dhingra Complex Park are also not functioning.

There is no running water in areas near Panj Pier, Golden Complex, New Golden Avenue and Jodha Fatak. Residents of Preet Nagar, Batala Road, Murabbe Wali Gali on Tarun Taran Road, Basant Road and Abadi Karanpura near the mental hospital are also facing water problems. A leakage has been reported on GT Road in front of Bharat Petroleum near Vishal Mega Mart in Chekharta. Local resident Sukhchain Singh Dhillon said water was piling up in front of all the shops due to the leakage.

Deepak, a resident, said, “The water pump in our area continues to be out of order, causing inconvenience.This is the third or fourth time this month that it has broken down again.The water pump breaks down frequently. Every time it fails, we lose access to essential water supplies and disrupt our daily lives and daily routines.”

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