Acute water shortage despite CDA claims

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* CDA chairman says generators would be installed at tube-wells in next few days to ensure smooth water supply


ISLAMABAD: Capital Development Authority (CDA) claims uninterrupted water supply but the on ground situation gives a different picture as the people of various sectors are facing acute water shortage in federal capital.


“With the increasing temperature, the demand of water raises manifolds but the residents are provided water supply for a few minutes in 24 hours forcing them to adopt alternate arrangements,” a resident in I10/2 sector, Ejaz ul Haq. “Due to poor and inefficient water tankers service, the consumers hardly get water supply,” he added. Another resident, Sajjad Hussain alleged that the water tanker service staff was supplying water to the areas housing VVIPs.


He pointed out that last year, a number of families had to shift to their relatives in Rawalpindi and suburbs due to water shortage but the civic body’s role is confined to mere lip service despite putting huge funds for improvement of water tanker service and other measures to ensures in this regard.


A few numbers of residents whose house are located at elevated surfaces are now looking for other options including drilling well in their house against heavy cost. An official of the CDA said that in view of prolonged power outages, the authority has decided to use generators to operate tube-wells to overcome water shortage in the metropolis. Capital Development Authority (CDA) Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that in next few days generators would be installed at different tube-wells to ensure smooth water supply and a mobile generator of 250 KVA of Sports and Culture Directorate has already been shifted to G10 water browser point, which would help in the reduction of water complaints. In addition to this water tankers of Environment and Sports and Culture Wing have already been handed over to Water Management Wing which would be help in minimizing water complaints of residents. Meanwhile, the CDA chairman had also directed the engineering members to hire the services of private water tankers in addition to the CDA’s own fleet but any considerable improvement in water supply situation is yet awaited.


Water complaints reduced: Due to effective steps taken by the Water Management Wing of Capital Development Authority (CDA), major reduction in water complaints has been observed. However, more efforts are required to overcome remaining water complaints. CDA Chairman Syed Tahir Shahbaz said this while talking to the participants of launching ceremony of the sector-wise “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign in Sector F8. The CDA chairman said that water complaints have been reduced from 1000 to 600 and water management wing is working round the clock for the redresal of water complaints. He directed authorities concerned to take effective measures to address water complaints and to repair water supply lines on war footing. He said that the addition of private water tankers in the CDA water tankers fleet and repair maintenance of off-road tankers will also help reduce water complains. However, he said, CDA require same cooperation, interest of citizens, which they showed during this ongoing campaign.


He said that the participation of the residents has raised the morale of CDA officers. He hoped that the campaign would be helpful in resolving the issues regarding sanitation, repair of roads, sewerage, and encroachment in a befitting manner. Syed Tahir Shahbaz said that sector-wise “Clean and Green Islamabad” campaign was started about one and half month ago from Sector I10 and phase-wise shifted to different Sectors.


The consistency of this campaign shows that the residents are taking keen interest in keeping Islamabad a clean and green city.


On this occasion, campaign Chief Coordinator, Planning and Design Member Syed Mustafain Kazmi and campaign Coordinator, Director General, Rawal Khan Maitla, CDA officers and officials, School children, member of civil society, Sector Citizens Committee, Senior citizens, Traders and a large number of citizens were also present. On this occasion representatives of traders of Najam Market sector F8/4 also met CDA chairman and briefed him about their problems. staff report/agencies

Courtesy:  Daily Times

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