City residents face drinking water crisis
BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Aug 1: Flood-ravaged Anil gar and bin gar areas of the city are staring at a new crisis—shortage of pure drinking water.
Struggle for potable water has become an everyday affair for the residents of Anil gar and bin gar areas.
The residents of the two areas are worst hit by irregular water supply.
“The bin gan and Anil gar areas are supposed to get water from the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and Urban Water Project. However, the residents of these two areas have faced acute water crisis due to the erratic water supply. While the GMC water supply is irregular, the flow of water of Urban Water Project is very low,” said a resident of bin gar area.
Madhusudan Das, a resident of Anil gar area, said that they do not get water for several days in a row affecting their day to day activities.
He said that the water supplied by GMC is dirty and not at all useable.
Das alleged the problem is aggravated because some unscrupulous elements carry out water theft by installing powerful motors.
“We often notice a reduced flow of water supply, whereas, people who do not have an authorized connection are getting adequate water,” he said.
He said the water theft has been going on in the area for a long time.
“It was stopped for few days after authorities launched crackdown against water theft but now these unscrupulous elements have again started carrying out water theft. The authorities must inspect such areas to control water theft,” he said.
He said that acute water crisis has forced the residents to buy water at Rs 250 in 1000 litres.