GUWAHATI, Aug 26: The residents of Guwahati city are confronting acute water shortage due to drastic fall in the quantum of water supplied by the concerned authorities. As of now there is a fall of 33% in the supply of water by the authorities in the city.
While the original supply capacity stood at 107.85 MLD daily, the same has now fallen to 72.4 MLD. The authorities have cited the reason as being that out of 8 water treatment plants, only 5 are supplying water on a regular basis.
In the case of the oldest water treatment plant – the Satpukhuri plant, commissioned in 1930 and later innovated in 1982 – the filtering capacity has decreased from 22.5 MLD to 15.75 MLD. As per information received from the concerned sources, Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) supplies 41.25 MLD, Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) supplies 7.50 MLD while Public Health Engineering supplies 23.65 MLD of water to the city residents.
On th other hand, the residents of areas like Lalmati, Islampur, Gandhibasti have alleged that of late they have been receiving dirty and turbid water and that this in turning ahs caused a good number of people to suffer from various ailments.