Pilgrim city in the grip of severe water crisis

The demand for water was increased with city population increasing to 5.25 lakh with merger of new villages in TMC and rise in pilgrims visiting the city.
Highlights: 45 MLD is being supplied as against the actual requirement of 63 MLD Corporation to cut down water supply from 90 minutes to 45 Owners of private water tankers jack up prices On an average, 50,000 devotees visit pilgrim city every day.
The TMC is supplying water to domestic use for 90 minutes on alternate days.
According to sources, the supply of water is expected to cut down to 45 minutes with fall in water levels in Kailasagiri reservoir.
Residents are facing acute water shortage with mercury levels touching 44 degree Celsius and fall in groundwater levels.
Residents are forced to purchase water by spending Rs 400 to 500 per tank once in three days.
About 70 slum colonies are worst affected with water shortage.
House owners are illegally drawing water by fixing electric motors for unauthorised taps.
“Civic officials disconnected illegal tap connections two years ago and at present no motors are being used for illegal drawing of water,” he added.Speaking to The Hans India, TMC Commissioner Madhavi Latha said that the corporation is making arrangements to overcome water shortage.
By K Nethaji

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