Residents cry foul as Gmc fails to repair pipeline for two weeks | Guwahati News

Guwahati: Thousands of residents in much of the capital have been left parched for about two weeks now and unsure when they will get tap water because the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) failed to restore the water pumping line damaged by the June 15 landslide.
The water pumping line to the reservoir at the top of the Navagraha hill from the British-era Satpukhuri Water Treatment Plant (WTP) was dislocated in several places on June 15 due to landslides of land triggered by incessant rains since June 13.
Two days later, the civic body issued a public notice advising that the water supply will remain interrupted until the pipeline is restored. However, according to GMC sources, it will still take at least 15-20 days to fully restore the damaged pipeline and restore the water supply.
The source said the lackadaisical attitude on the part of the civic body has delayed the restoration of service.
Local residents of Kailashpur, where the pipeline was damaged, had come out to restore the pipeline on their own after finding out the GMC’s apathy to fix the problem and the problems people have been facing for two weeks now.
Disruption in water supply has affected large parts of the city including Chandmari, Silpukhuri, Uzan Bazar, Milanpur, Piyoli Phukan Nagar, Kharghuli, Amiyanagar, Krishna Nagar and Rudranagar.
Dulal Bania, a resident of Rudranagar, said: “People in areas with passable roads buy water from private suppliers. But thousands of people living in hilly areas, where there are no passable roads, have to fetch water from streams. The authorities concerned must understand the urgency of restoring service.
GMC officials said the civic body encountered machinery problems at the treatment plant due to the large amount of sludge in the raw water pumped from the Brahmaputra River intake well into the pre-reservoir. settling following heavy rains across the state.


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