Islamabad residents face acute water shortage

ISLAMABAD: Despite several assurances by the Capital Development Authority (CDA), a serious water shortage during the peak summer months has brought misery to the residents of the capital. With the start of the  holy month of Ramazan and the summer season, the demand for the water has increased. The residents, however, are supplied water for only a few minutes during the day, forcing them to look for alternatives. The inhabitants of various areas are facing hardships to cope with the unreliable water supply. The residents of Sectors F6/1, G7/3, G6/1, and I9 have become heavily dependant on the water tankers to fulfil their requirements. The residents of these areas opined that due to poor planning, various houses in the metropolis are not getting appropriate water supply and that the CDA should take steps to ensure the provision of this basic facility. Basharat Ali, a resident of Sector F6/1, said that he has been facing the shortage of water since the last two weeks, forcing him to buy water from the tankers at exorbitant rates. He said that the residents of the area have submitted numerous applications to the authorities concerned to take a notice of this issue. When contacted, an official of the CDA's Water Management Wing said that the water consumption increases manifold during summers, while unscheduled load-shedding and lavish use of water by the residents have resulted in the shortage of water. He said that the department concerned has been directed to repair and maintain the water tankers, tube-wells, and water filtration plants. In these sectors, the water supply is available for only half an hour, insufficient to meet the requirements of the people. While talking to the media personnel, the residents of Sector G6, Ashfaq Ahmed and Aqib Rehman said that they had lodged several complaints to the relevant offices requesting for the water tanker to meet their daily needs but the concerned departments of the CDA does not respond. Another senior citizen, Abdul Rehman said that he has not enough water even for ablution. The residents pinned hope that the new government would take measures to decrease the load-shedding to some extent that would help improve the water supply situation in the capital. Meanwhile, the residents of various sectors of the capital have demanded the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to fix the leakage of the water supply line so to stop the continuous wastage of water. The residents, while talking to APP, said that the leakage was not only wasting water but was also damaging the roads, adding that the pipeline has been broken from three to four points at various places, including Zero Point interchange but the civic body have turned a blind eye towards the matter. 

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