KUWSDB blames the problem on inadequate power supply
As the temperature rises in the region, the drinking water problem too is taking a turn for the worse here.
Many wards in the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, including Jannat Nagar, Sriram Nagar and Tejaswi Nagar, are getting drinking water only once in six days, according to the residents.
The people here complain that the water pressure is low and supply untimely. Besides, water is supplied for only three hours, making it difficult to store enough water for the next six days.
As the supply was inadequate, people had to buy water from private suppliers at high prices, a resident said.
Passing the buck
Residents also accused the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) of passing the buck on to the Hubli Electric Supply Company when the problem was brought to their notice. The officials said water could not be pumped due to inadequate power supply, residents alleged.
Meanwhile, KUWSDB officials maintained that all wards would get regular drinking water supply once the third phase of the Malaprabha drinking water project was completed. However, they could not give a specific date for this.
It may be recalled that Minister for Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and in charge of Dharwad district Jagadish Shettar visited the project site on January 20 and directed officials to complete the works by summer. Officials too had promised to complete it by mid-April. However, works are moving at a snail's pace and chances of its completion in the next four months are bleak.
The lack of coordination and negligence of the officials had affected the project's progress, residents alleged.