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Water crisis grips GMC New Colony

By CITY CORRESPONDENT

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The people of GMC New Colony of the Fatasil area here have appealed to the government to provide basic facilities of drinking water to the residents. The colony falls under Ward No.15 of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation.

�We have not seen any change in our colony for ages. Our biggest problem is scarcity of water. There is no community taps. For poor people like us, buying water is very expensive,� said D Kamaraju, secretary, GMC New Colony. �Around 400 families live in this colony. Most of the people are GMC workers including members of Harijan, Punjabi, Bihari and Rajasthani communities.

�We are all fed up with the indifference of the authorities towards our long-standing grievances. The GMC had provided a water boring facility to the people here but the water is not usable at all. It contains iron. The GMC authorities have been informed with a written letter to solve the problem, but there has been no response till date,� Kamaraju added.

He added, �Buying water from a private party is very expensive, but there is no other option left with us.�

To buy 500 litres of water from a private party, it costs around Rs 800.

When contacted, GMC sources said, �The entire city is facing an acute water crisis. Early completion of the big water projects in the city is the only way to solve the water problem here. The GMC water plants have become old and their capacity is getting diminished every year.�

Kamaraju further said that apart from the water woes, there are no facilities for a playground and an auditorium as well.

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Water crisis grips GMC New Colony

GUWAHATI, Dec 6 - The people of GMC New Colony of the Fatasil area here have appealed to the government to provide basic facilities of drinking water to the residents. The colony falls under Ward No.15 of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation.

�We have not seen any change in our colony for ages. Our biggest problem is scarcity of water. There is no community taps. For poor people like us, buying water is very expensive,� said D Kamaraju, secretary, GMC New Colony. �Around 400 families live in this colony. Most of the people are GMC workers including members of Harijan, Punjabi, Bihari and Rajasthani communities.

�We are all fed up with the indifference of the authorities towards our long-standing grievances. The GMC had provided a water boring facility to the people here but the water is not usable at all. It contains iron. The GMC authorities have been informed with a written letter to solve the problem, but there has been no response till date,� Kamaraju added.

He added, �Buying water from a private party is very expensive, but there is no other option left with us.�

To buy 500 litres of water from a private party, it costs around Rs 800.

When contacted, GMC sources said, �The entire city is facing an acute water crisis. Early completion of the big water projects in the city is the only way to solve the water problem here. The GMC water plants have become old and their capacity is getting diminished every year.�

Kamaraju further said that apart from the water woes, there are no facilities for a playground and an auditorium as well.