Water scarcity puts people at the mercy of tankers’ mafia

Many residents of newly-developed sectors have been left at the mercy of tankers mafia.
According to Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) minister, Islamabad on average needs 70 mgd (Million gallons per day) while a water shortage of 17 MGD is observed most of the time around the year.
The lag between supply and demand is filled mostly by the government and private water tankers.
Also out of around 200 tube wells located in different sectors of capital around one-third remain dysfunctional and await necessary repairs.
During the tenure of former CDA Chairman Kamran Lashari, more than a decade ago a mega project to bring water from Indus River via Tarbela Dam was approved that once completed would have sorted out water woes of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi.
However, the project was shelved then and plans are afoot to revive it.
‘It has become an annual ritual that we perform every year during these months.
I’ve been living in G-13 for the last 6 years, we tried water boring but to no avail, the water level is very low.
It is pertinent to mention here that scarcity of water is nothing new for citizens of Islamabad as they have grown accustomed to it during recent years while civic authorities have utterly failed to address the issue.
Hussain said that water tankers of CDA are working 24/7 to supply water at highly subsidized costs to residents of Islamabad.

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