Mohali residents left high & dry

Temporary suspension of the water supply from the Phase III Kajauli pipeline has put residents of the town in severe hardship in the scorching heat. Due to an acute shortage of water in several parts of the town, residents are finding it difficult to arrange water to meet their daily requirement. In Phase IX, area councilor Satbir Singh Dhanoa spent money from his pocket to arrange water tankers for the residents. “People in our area have not been getting the water supply for the past three days. One can easily imagine the difficulty one has to go through in the absence of water in this scorching heat. I arranged six water tankers today,” said Dhanoa. The Phase III water pipeline was shut for the past three days following a leakage in it. As a result, several areas, including Phase III, IV, IX, X and XI, Sectors 70 and 71, Mataur and Shahi Majra villages and Phases I to V in the Industrial Area had been receiving water at very low pressure in the morning and the evening while there was no supply in the afternoon. “There was not a single drop of water in my house this morning,” said Surinder Kaur, who lives on the second floor of a house in Phase IX. Similarly, Satnam Singh, who lives on the first floor in the area, said they had no option but to purchase mineral water bottles to meet their water needs. Executive Engineer of the Punjab Water Supply and Sanitation Department, Mohali, Anil Kumar said he sent at least 10 water tankers to various places in the town today. “I received complaints of water shortage from various places following which water tankers were sent there immediately,” said Anil Kumar.