Sunday, September 7, 2008

Acute water crisis in Rajshahi city

Water crisis is turning acute in many areas of Rajshahi city despite the assurance of Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) to maintain smooth supply during the month of Ramadan.

Discontent among the city dwellers is also brewing up for supply of contaminated water.

Residents of Shalbagan, Assam Colony, Shaheb Bazar and Baliapukur area in the city complained of supplying contaminated water. They alleged that diarrhoea and skin diseases are spreading fast in the areas.

Similar complaints also came from Laxmipur, Helenabad, Meherchandi and Binodhpur areas, Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) sources said. 

In the last few days there were reports of water crisis in Baliapukur, Koerdara, Sultanabad, Sastitala, Boaliapara, Bulonpur, Helenabad, Budhpara, Meherchandi, Laxmipur, Talaimari and Kajla areas.

The crisis in ward numbers 1, 2, 16, 17 and 30 are going on for several years. Many areas are still remaining out of water supply network and the authorities have turned a deaf ear to their problems.

However, RCC recently assured people of smooth water supply during the month of Ramadan. 

Many of the city dwellers complained that they are facing water crisis as many households are pumping out water directly from supply line. 

M Ashraful Haque, acting chief engineer of RCC, said the daily demand of water in the city is nearly 11 crore liters. RCC supplies only 7.40 crore liters of water daily. The rest of the demand is met through tubewell.

Water pump operators said load shedding and low voltage are interrupting water supply.

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