Water Crisis for Jadavpur’s Patuli Residents Goes From Bad to Worse Following Torrential Rains

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Article courtesy of Pooja Mehta | July 11, 2015 | iamin | Shared as educational material

Residents of Patuli in Jadavpur have been facing acute drinking water crisis for past couple of weeks. Now with the city receiving torrential rains, the situation has gone from bad to worse.

After the entire stretch remained water-logged for over 48 hours, residents on Friday were faced with acute water shortage as the sewage from leaking pipes seeped into underground drinking water reservoirs of some apartments.

The worst affected areas are the Block I, J and K of the area. Attempt by Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) engineers to pump out the water have also gone in vain. Water remained stagnated in the streets and did not recede on Friday even after the city did not receive any downpour in the last 48 hours.

“We used to buy drinking water, but with the entire stretch water logged, we do not have anyone coming in to sell water to us,” Bina Das, a resident of I Block of Patuli told iamin.

In the last few days, water has even entered the houses of people residing in the ground floors following heavy rainfall. The ward councillor has done little to help the people despite repeated requests, locals allege.

“On one hand, water is entering our homes, as it is not being pumped out. On the other hand, our drinking water is getting contaminated through leaking sewage pipes. We are facing a harrowing time this monsoon,” lamented Bijoy Roy Chowdhury, resident of Patuli.

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