Friday, September 12, 2014

India - Severe pollution of potable water for the past two years in Indiranagar colony, Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) due to pipeline leakage induced sewer mixing

Around 300 residents claimed that they have been facing severe pollution of potable water for the past two years. They complained that they were being supplied with stinking water, contaminated with sewage because of leaking pipelines.



Indiranagar residents thirst for clean drinking water

AURANGABAD: Residents of Indiranagar colony, ward number 51, Baijipura, put up a protest on Friday against the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), alleging that civic officials have failed to respond to their two-year-long demand of replacing old drinking water pipelines in the locality.

Around 300 residents claimed that they have been facing severe pollution of potable water for the past two years. They complained that they were being supplied with stinking water, contaminated with sewage because of leaking pipelines. Residents said that they had complained to the AMC many times about the dirty water supplied, but no action has been taken so far.

Bajipura is one of the few areas in Aurangabad facing complaints of a contaminated drinking water supply.

"We have been getting contaminated drinking water for the last two years. Though we took up the issue with AMC officials, no action has been taken. We registered our protests many times and took out a morcha to the ward office at Baijipura, but to no avail," said Salma Shaikh, a local resident.

With no proper piped drinking water supply, locals here depend on tankers and bore-wells. "Women find it very difficult to carry pots of water frequently up to the second or the third floor of their homes," Shaikh said.

"The drinking water supplied here is muddy and it stinks. I am on heavy medicines these days as a treatment of colitis, which I contracted consuming this water," said Aseefa Shale, another local.

Shale said many of her neighbours were also suffering from waterborne diseases. "In spite of reporting these issues to the AMC, officials have never taken any steps for our colony," said other residents.

"We have complained that we are getting water contaminated with sewage to corporator Kailash Gaikwad, but he has turned a blind eye towards this issue as well. He did not bother to visit our area even once to address our problem," said resident Salim Ullah.

Corporator Kailash Gaikwad could not be contacted.

"After we complained, AMC officials had collected water samples, but nothing has been done. The drainage and water supply pipelines are laid parallel and any breach in the pipelines allows mixing of dirty water with drinking water," said Syed Mobin.

AMC section engineer Arun More said, "We have been attending to the problem when we receive complaints. We have even fixed the leakages, but since these pipelines are very old, they need to be replaced."

Article Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/aurangabad/Indiranagar-residents-thirst-for-clean-drinking-water/articleshow/42391785.cms
Publication Date: 13 September 2014

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