Bhopal: The residents of the very first colony, which had received the Kerwa water supply line (KWSL) connection, have paid over Rs 5 lakh for water tankers in the last three months. Kerwa water supply line was inaugurated in a function held in palace Archade colony by local MLA Rameshwar Sharma in December last after CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s assurance.

474 houses in the colonies have taken the connection of water supply. But water remains a big issue in entire Kolar where the residents are getting 1 lakh liters less water than their need for which they are forced to spend on water tankers or to use less water than required.

This is because, the work of laying 158 kilometers pipeline in the project worth Rs 52 crore is still incomplete even after a passage of around eight months since inauguration of KWSL. Rameshwar Sharma said that the issue has come into his notice and he has informed about it to the BMC officials concerned. The issue is likely to be resolved within fifteen days.

Manoj Parashar, colony’s secretary said that we have paid for water tankers to meet the water need for which Rs 5 lakh were collected by the residents for the last three months. The situation will become worse when other areas will be connected to this tank, he added. PD Sethiya, a retired banker said that the water tank should be covered by a boundary wall. It is quite risky for children as it is open and anyone can climb it.

Geeta Rajan, a businesswoman said that whenever there is a fault in the pipeline in any locality, they severe our water connection. She said that the residents faced acute water shortage this summer. We had no option but to pay for the water tankers even when we pay water cess to BMC. She said the total water for required by residents is 2.5 lakh litre per day but BMC supplies only 1.5 lakh litres water.

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