Article courtesy of Tribune News Service | April 22, 2015 | The Tribune India | Shared as educational material
Residents of Landour Bazaar and the Cantt area are reeling under a potable water shortage for the past one week.
They have demanded immediate restoration of regular water shortage and warned the Jal Sansthan in Mussoorie that they would hold a protest if the problem was not resolved soon.
Eminent author Ruskin Bond, who is also angered at the apathy of the Jal Sansthan, said his household near Mullingar had also not received drinking water for the past two days. This was unfortunate for a town which is visited by a large number of tourists every year.
Sunil Panwar, a resident of Landour Bazaar, said they were reeling under the water crisis for the past one week and the situation had worsened in the past two days.
Panwar alleged that on the one hand, the Jal Sansthan was supplying water for 24 hours to big private and government institutions such as five star hotels, the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, and the ITBP in the town, on the other it was not supplying water for even half an hour to local residents.
Ward member from Landour Bazaar Beena Panwar said the town usually experienced water shortage during the peak tourist season but this year it had happened even before the start of the tourist season.
“Water shortage has become a perennial problem in the Landour Bazaar region. It is due to the indifference of the Jal Sansthan that the area residents have been on the receiving end,” added Beena.
Rekha Lekhwar, another resident of Landour Bazaar, lamented that she had to walk around 4 km to fetch water for household needs and her family, including three children. The Jal Sansthan had done nothing to redress the problem, she added.
Yet another resident of Landour Bazaar said the Jal Sansthan did send one water tanker today but that was insufficient for a large population residing there.
Executive Engineer, Jal Sansthan, TS Rawat said the water shortage was being experienced as an electricity transformer at the Kolti pumping station had been damaged.
Meanwhile, TS Rawat is also holding the charge of assistant election officer for the Municipal Council byelection for the Barlowganj ward in Mussoorie. Water Resource Minister Mantri Prasad Naithani said he had given clear instructions for maintaining regular water supply to major towns such as Dehradun, Mussoorie and Nainital.