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Apr 26, 2006 12:00 AM IST

JAL SANSTHAN and Lucknow Municipal Corporation won?t wake up before there is an outbreak of epidemic in the city.

JAL SANSTHAN and Lucknow Municipal Corporation won’t wake up before there is an outbreak of epidemic in the city.

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The old city continues to get yellow fluid (sewer water) in the tap. Sansthan sleuths blame it on bad sanitary conditions, over flowing nullahs, but residents blame it on the Sansthan for not carrying out the routine checks to plug the supply-line leakages.

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Water is being sold in polythene, but Jal Sansthan or Municipal Corporation officials have no time to check the quality of packed water. The city is sitting on epidemic bomb, which can explode at any moment if the proper action is not taken soon.

The areas of Kandhari Bazar, Hata MustafaKhan, Hata Darbari Lal, Adarsh Sudarshan Colony,Chor Wali Gali, in Ghasiyari Mandi ward, Astabal Yahiyaganj, Molvi Anwar Bagh, in Razabazar ward, Chaupatiayan, Hata Bizen Beg  in Chowk ward have one thing in common. That is they are receiving water supply mixed with sewer water through their taps.

The residents of these areas have already lodged several complaints with the officials of Jal Sansthan and municipal authorities. Most of the residents living in these colonies  belong to  lower middle class, who are not having a big say in the system. Perhaps that’s why their complaint always fall on deaf ears.

Lucknow lost 20 precious lives last year due to the spread of epidemics. The government departments, like Lucknow Municipal Corporation, Jal Sansthan and CMO passed the buck to each other.

LMC officials blamed it on the spurious water supply made by the Jal Sansthan in the epidemic-affected areas, while Jal Sansthan officials blamed it on poor sanitary conditions of the area.

The residents of Razabazar, Moulviganj, Rakabganj jammed the Subhash Marg Rakabganj road on Tuesday protesting against choked nullah in Begumganj, Deg Wali Gali promoting the spurious water supply in the areas of Astabal Yahiyaganj, Moulvi Anawar Bagh and some areas of Birhana and Khajua. The jam was lifted after the assurance of Nagar Swasthya Adhikari regarding the cleaning of nullahs.

Similarly, Corporator of Ghasiyari Mandi ward Sayyed Yawar Hussain Reshu says, “ I am tired of complaining about the foul water supply in the Kandhari Bazar, Hata MustafaKhan, Hata Darbari Lal, Adarsh Sudarshan Colony, Chor Wali Gali in my ward. Jal Sansthan officials have never bothered to visit the affected areas.

The residents of these areas are not rich enough to purchase mineral water for drinking, they are forced to drink foul water, making them vulnerable to epidemics.”

Nagar Swasthya Adhikari BBS Rathore admitted that the LMC had not conducted the OT tests for last two months. About the water being sold inside the polythene packs, he said, “It’s for Jal Sansthan and Health Department to check these things. We are busy in other works like nullah cleaning and fogging. It’s the duty of Jal Sansthan to check the quality of water supplied.”

General Manager Jal Sansthan RK Tripathi said, “I can assure people of these areas for the supply of clean water but at the same time I would like to appeal to the residents not to use alkathaline pipes in service lines. Change the service pipes which are older than 15 years, ensure proper covering of the service pipes if it is passing through the nullah or a drain.”

Tripathi said Jal Sansthan officials showing laxity in such issues would be dealt firmly.

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    Anupam Srivastava is a Special Correspondent with Hindustan Times, Lucknow. Has produced exclusive stories in medical, civil aviation, civic, political and other issues for over 20 years.

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