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Water crisis deepens as tanks start drying up in city

Sirhind canal to remain closed till June 14
Water crisis deepens as tanks start drying up in city
A water tank that has dried up due to the closure of Sirhind Canal in Bathinda. Tribune photo: Pawan Sharma

Sukhmeet Bhasin

Tribune News Service

Bathinda, June 10

The water crisis has deepened in the city due to the closure of the Sirhind canal. It is learnt that water will not be released from the canal till June 14.

Water tanks at Joggers Park have started drying up due to the Sirhind canal closure, resulting in the water crisis in various parts of the city. Homemakers are finding it difficult to finish daily chores of household due to water shortage.

VB Shivangi, DGM, Triveni Company, said the city was facing the water shortage city due to the closure of Sirhind canal.

He said, “Around 10.5 million gallon of water is supplied to the city every day. However, these days, the city is getting only 4-5 million gallons. Earlier, we were told that the canal would be closed from June 1 to 10. Now, we have come to know that it will remain closed for more 3 to 4. The city will get only one-time water supply till it is released from the canal.”

Surprisingly, the civic body has not taken any initiative to desilt water tanks despite the fact that they have dried up.

Four tanks that receive water from the Sirhind canal have not being cleaned, turning into an eyesore due to presence of garbage and mud in them.

MC officials claim the lakes directly received water from the canal and trash thrown in it by residents of the nearby areas and devotees flows into these tanks.

People residing in areas at more height than average are the worst hit. The inadequate water supply has forced them to rely on groundwater, which is said to be contaminated.

Residents said despite lavish expenditure by the state government, hardly anything had been done practically to provide the uninterrupted water supply.

However, locals in many areas are complaining that they have not been getting the water supply for the past few days due to which they are facing problems.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath has appealed to city residents to use water judiciously to avoid its scarcity in the coming days. He also advised residents not to use water for cleaning cars and other vehicles.

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