Water crisis: Lack of power back-up for tubewells to blame

“Lack of vision and planning” by officials of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation is resulting in a water crisis in the city.
This can be gauged from the fact that there are no generators for power back-up at 238 tubewells in the city even though in a Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) meeting in 2013, members had recommended installing power generators for tubewells.
Whenever there is a power cut in areas where the tubewells have been installed, the water supply to the areas automatically stops.
Congress councillor and former chairman of the water supply committee of the MC Mukesh Bassi said in 2013, F&CC members had recommended installing of power generators, but to no avail. He said in 2012, during his visit to different tubewells in the city, he had found that operators were missing from the tubewells. Moreover, they were not starting the tubewells at 3 am.
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