While the people are trying to come to terms with power crisis, the water shortage has further added to their miseries as the water shortage in Jammu City has reached 10 MG per day.
The PHE officials attributed the water shortage to the prevailing power crisis in the city. They also said that the ongoing strike of the PHE employees is also one of the reasons for the prevailing water crisis across the city.
"Due unscheduled power cuts and the regular shutdowns, we are not able to lift the required quantity of water for filtration and its subsequent supply", Axion, PHE, Rajinder Sharma informed Greater Kashmir.
As per the figures, the city requires around 45.50 MG of water per day, while at present, only 35.5 MG of water is being supplied on a daily basis. "We require round the clock power for lifting the sufficient quantity of water for its filtration and subsequent supply", an official said.
"Our lifting stations like Seetli, Dhounthali etc were shut for 8 hours yesterday due to non-availability of power, and in such a scenario, how can you meet the water requirements of the people?", Sharma said.
He however, said that the department is making all efforts to provide sufficient quantity of water to the people. "As of now, we are trying to overcome the shortage by way of rotational supply", he said.
To deal with the crisis, the PHE Department is supplying water in different areas on a rotational basis. This means that any area of the city will not be supplied water regularly on a daily basis.
It may also be mentioned that department is almost dependent on regular power for meeting the water requirements of city as it does not have generators with it as an alternative in case of power failure.
There are areas in the city like Bhagwati Nagar, Shakti Nagar, Bakshi Nagar, Gurha, and others where water is being supplied after a gap of 2 to 4 days and that too for 10 to 15 minutes. The areas with less gravity are the worst affected by this crisis.
It may also be mentioned that the scenario is unlikely to improve in the coming days as there are regular power shutdowns this month.