Ahmedabad water crisis continues

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Wednesday 12 April 2000 Ahmedabad Water crisis continues despite Raska pipeline AHMEDABAD: Despite the commissioning of the Raska weir pipeline, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has not been able to maintain evening water supply to many parts of the city. Water supply in the evening, which was suspended for a day, could not be resumed even on Monday.

The chairman of the water supply committee of AMC, Atul Bhavsar attributed the failure water supply in some areas to leakage in pipelines in areas such as Acher, Sabarmati and near Chandrabhaga bridge. After closing these leakage, the evening supply would be resumed, he said.

On contaminated water being received by some areas, Bhavsar said the old pipelines of the city, which used to receive limited quantity of water with little force, the supply of Raska water released in these lines with full force had resulted in contamination of water but these lines would be cleaned automatically with the force of the water.

Meanwhile, a group of residents from Sukhramnagar slum quarters on Monday stormed the zonal headquarters of eastern zone in protest against inadequate supply of water to their area. They broke pieces of furniture and one of the doors of the zonal office.

Two Congress municipal corporators, Badruddin Shaikh and Suredra Baxi, complained about the suspension of evening supply of water and said even when the evening supply was not there, their areas, Baxi's Kalupur and Shaikh's Danilimda, continued to receive inadequate water.

Both the corporators alleged that despite promises to provide water to major parts of the city after commissioning of the Raska weir project, the city municipal corporation had failed to solve the water problem of the city.

Shaikh even threatened to lock the Danilimda muster station if the water problem in the area was not solved within a week's time. http://www.timesofindia.com/today/12mahm1.htm

-- Martin Thompson (mthom1927@aol.com), April 11, 2000

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