Water shortage hits twin cities,Residents’ complaints, protests go unnoticed

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The Capital Development Authority (CDA) is unable to overcome severe water shortage being faced for the last three months by the residents of the federal capital, especially those living in I-9, I-10, G-10 and G-11 sectors.
A resident of I-10/2 Sector said that his house was not supplied a single drop of water during the last four days as a result of which he was forced to shift his family to his relatives in Rawalpindi.
Similarly, water tanker service was also insufficient as consumers hardly succeed in getting water through this service. “I lodged a complaint with the department concerned of the CDA for water supply, but a water tanker arrived at midnight and could not reach my house because a number of cars had been parked in the street,” Noman Bashir, a resident of I-10/2 Sector said.
He pointed out that a large number of residents were now forced to adopt other means, including digging out their own tube-wells.
Another resident said that long queues of people were seen at water purification plants to fetch water.
When contacted, an official of CDA held unscheduled load shedding and shortage of water in Rawal and Khanpur dams responsible for shortage of water.
He, however, said that the high-ups of the authority should devise a comprehensive strategy to find out permanent solution to the problems of water shortage.
He said the civic body had made a plan to lay a pipeline from the Indus River to ensure smooth water supply to its residents as they are experiencing the worst water shortage during the months of July. According to an official of water tanker service, it was supplying water to more than 1,000 complainants daily.