City residents will get water supply for two hours in the afternoon now. Other than morning and evening times, people will get water from 12 noon to 2 pm daily. After seven years, the supply will resume in Chandigarh in the afternoon too.
As per Mayor Kalia, the MC had promised the citizens to increase the water supply after successfully augmenting the additional water supply from phase V and VI from Kajauli waterworks.
This inauguration was done a few days after the general house approved a hike in water tariff. On December 30, the general house had approved the hike in tariff for residents.
No Benefit of Increased Water Supply
According to the councillors, the increase in supply timings- 4-10 am and 5-9 pm was of no advantage to the residents.
They added that until 10 am, most individuals had already left for work. In the evening also, they weren’t back from work by this time. It was better to start early afternoon supply to serve a purpose to homemakers in the day.
In June 2012, the afternoon supply was withdrawn due to the following reasons:
- Cost: Electric motors running throughout the day was costing a lot.
- Capacity: Chandigarh did not have adequate storage ability.
The order was passed for a month only to improve water pressure in the mornings and evenings amid a rise in demand in summers. However, the supply did not restart in the afternoon.
MP Kirron Kher officially started the afternoon supply to the city. It was done in the presence of Mayor Rajesh Kalia, area councilor Gurbax Rawat, chief engineer Shailender Singh, other councilors and MC officers.
News Source: Hindustan Times
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