Water shortage in Ramazan exposes tall claims of CDA

ISLAMABAD: Acute water shortage in various sectors of the capital during the holy month of Ramazan has exposed the tall claims of the Capital Development Authority (CDA).Before the advent of Ramazan, the CDA bosses on many occasions had assured that steps would be taken to ensure sufficient water supply. But the situation is totally different. There is serious water shortage, which has added to the miseries of the residents in Ramazan coupled with the extreme hot weather. According to the residents of Sectors G9/1, G7/3, G6/1, and I9, water is supplied for only a few minutes daily and they have to get the supply through tankers to meet their requirements, but it costs them a lot.The reason for abrupt and short supply of water is poor planning by the CDA, they opined. Ali, a resident of Sector G9/1, said that he had been facing the water shortage for the last two weeks and he had to buy the commodity from the tankers at exorbitant rates. He said that the residents of the area had made numerous complaints to the authorities concerned, but got no response.When contacted, an official of the CDA’s Water Management Wing said that the water consumption had increased during summers, while unscheduled power load shedding coupled with its lavish use by the residents, caused its shortage. He said that CDA Chairman Maroof Afzal had directed the Water Management Wing to take effective measures to ensure the supply of water at Sehr and Iftar timings to facilitate the fasting people.The CDA chairman has also directed the Water Management Director General to personally visit the water pumping stations during the Sehr and Iftar times and address public complaints, the spokesperson said. He said that the deputy directors concerned had been asked to submit reports about the supply of water to the chairman on daily basis.

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