Water scarcity takes a toll on the livelihoods of many families in the Sulemanagar area of Rajendranagar. The area is inhabited by low income groups families and women engaging in different petty household trades to supplement their household income. Adequate water remains to be a major problem for the people of this area. Though water supply lines have been extended to a few parts of the area, a few parts remain devoid of the facility. The water tankers fill in the vacuum.
The families have purchased big containers to store the water supplied through the water tankers. “There is no fixed schedule as the tanker comes once in three or four days,” says Moulani Bee, a local resident who resides near Iqbal function hall.
“We have to stop work and rush to the tanker and store water in the big drums, our works get disturbed,” says Shahzia, a hand embroidery worker.
The water is stored in the containers and is regularly shifted to houses later manually. “The tanker drivers have fixed a particular spot, all people keep their containers at the place and the driver fills them up,” says another local woman.
“Ferrying water is a time consuming exercise, we have to make umpteen rounds and shift the water using small pots,” says Amena Begum, a local resident.
The time invested in the exercise can be used for some remunerative purpose feel the local women. “If the lines are extended up to our houses, I can roll out some incense sticks and earn some money,” says Naseem Banu.