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Jalandhar residents complain of dirty water supply

Meet Municipal Corporation officials, hold protest outside civic body premises

Jalandhar residents complain of dirty water supply

Residents hold a protest outside the MC office in Jalandhar on Wednesday. Tribune photo



Tribune News Service

Aakanksha N Bhardwaj

Jalandhar, February 28

Residents getting contaminated water supply for the past few days visited the Municipal Corporation office today. They met officials and held a protest there.

The residents claimed that they were not getting clean drinking water in their areas. One of the complainants said there was no water supply in their area for past three days as the pipeline had been damaged.

Jalandhar Tribune had recently highlighted that the MC cell is getting several complaints regarding poor sewerage and contaminated water supply.

Residents of Shiv Nagar also visited the MC office and complained that they were also getting contaminated water. As a result, several people were falling sick.

Notably, there is a huge pendency of complaints with the Municipal Corporation. It received over 300 complaints regarding poor sewerage and contaminated water supply till February 26.

People have been grappling with sewerage problem since long. It has become perennial now as nothing much has been done to resolve the issue.

While residents were waiting for a solution to the sewerage woes, “Aap Di Sarkar, Aap De Dwar” camps had given a ‘hope’ to them. Affected residents had also been coming to the camps in a large number and sharing their ordeals. However, nothing has been done to solve the problem.

People from Bhullar colony, Dakoha village and other nearby areas shared their plight at one of the camps. Residents stated that they had been suffering a lot because of sewage overflow. After listening to their problems, Additional Commissioner Amarjit Singh Bains, along with MLA Raman Arora, visited the Jaitewal Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), where they were informed that the STP was not working to its full capacity.

An official from the O&M Department had recently said the capacity of sewerage treatment plants (STPs) to treat water was less as compared to the quantity generated and this was creating a problem. “A proper channel of storm sewer is needed in the city,” he had said.

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