Irate residents lay siege to GMC office

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People protesting against water scarcity in front of GMC Office in Guntur on Saturday. —
People protesting against water scarcity in front of GMC Office in Guntur on Saturday. —

Staff Reporter

Supply will be restored within two days: Municipal Commissioner

GUNTUR: Residents of Vidya Nagar, Navabharat Nagar and Gujjangundla laid siege to the Guntur Municipal Corporation office here on Saturday protesting against official apathy in resolving the crisis relating water shortage.

In a symbolic protest, men and women led by 34th ward corporator Vemulapalli Sriram Prasad came with empty pots and sat on a dharna on the Main Road. They were prevented from entering the office by a strong posse of policemen.

While blaming the municipal officials, the corporpator said that areas in the colonies have been without water for the past several days.

He said that his umpteen representations to the officials to resolve the issue could not move them into action.

The protesters demanded the immediate attention of Municipal Commissioner Siddharth Jain who was occupied with another meeting at NTR Stadium.

They did not relent despite some persuasion by the police. After squatting for about an hour, they left the place.

Later, Mr. Jain held a meeting with the Engineering Department officials and apprised them of the necessary steps. He said that regular supply would be restored within two days with excess water available in Stambalagaravu and Gujjangunda reservoirs being diverted using controller valves. The availability of a generator at the HLR would also solve the problem arising out of the power cut, he said.

The problem of water shortage has arisen due to the unregulated use of water by some households and the depletion of ground water levels by the rapid construction activity, he pointed out.



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