|Taxpayers’ woes belie GMC claims on adequate water|
GUWAHATI, July 10 - Tall claims made by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) about providing adequate water from the Satpukhuri Water Supply Treatment Plant with the remaining mechanism, have been grossly disproved as the residents still remain deprived of normal supply of the extremely essential commodity.
The water woes of the residents of Kharghuli, Chandmari, Chandmari Colony, Noonmati, Silpukhuri and surrounding areas began soon after one of the water pumps at the Satpukhuri Water Supply Treatment Plant got damaged in March this year. Since then water supply in these areas has remained badly affected.
Residents of several affected areas have to depend on water tankers sent by the GMC. But the quantity provided by means of the tankers is not sufficient, considering the large number of consumers.
“The Corporation sends water tankers to our locality at four-day intervals. To overcome the shortage, residents have to regularly purchase water from private suppliers,” Arjun Saha of Nijarapar area said.
KB Newar of Arjun Path, Krishna Nagar in greater Chandmari area said that the people living in the hilly areas are the worst affected due to the damaged pump.
“As ours is a hilly area, there is no way for the water tankers to reach us. Piped water is the only alternative for us. There are altogether eight houses in our locality. All these families are now depending on rainwater for household chores for the last two months. We are purchasing bottled water for drinking,” he said.
Another resident of an affected area said, “We cannot reach the GMC now due to the lockdown. We received piped water yesterday after a gap of ten days and that too only for about thirty minutes. Earlier, we had contacted GMC in this regard, only to be fed with false promises. We are paying all taxes to GMC regularly including water tax.”
“During this ongoing lockdown, we have to go out to purchase daily necessities. While the current pandemic situation demands utmost hygiene, we hardly have adequate water to take bath, wash the clothes, sanitize ourselves, etc., after returning home. I have a three-year-old kid and live in constant fear of transmitting the deadly virus to the little one as well as to the other members of my family. It is very risky. At present we are buying water from private parties, but still we are always short of the stuff,” a woman of Nijarapar said.