Residents of Sector 61, Noida, have been struggling with an acute water shortage since November 20. A JCB digger burst a water pipeline about 400 m away from Shopprix Mall while working on widening a service lane.
Dr Virendra Singh, president of the Sector 61 RWA, said, “The sector is not getting water supply these days. Noida Authority officials have been informed but the problem is yet to be solved.”
There's ankle-high water in the service lane and commuters are finding it very difficult to navigate the lane. Rajesh Kumar, a resident of the sector, said that while residents were facing water shortage, there were gallons of water going down the drain.
ML Kapoor, another resident, said, “The RWA has put up a notice saying that residents of the sector will not be getting water supply for four days. The problem has added to the woes of residents, especially in these times of demonetisation and long queues.”
When City Spidey spoke to RK Goyal, project engineer of Noida Authority (Jal II), he assured that the water supply would be restored by November 23 evening.
Meanwhile, the contractor hired by Noida Authority to carry out the lane-widening work were blaming the Authority for the accident. They said they had inquired about the water pipeline before starting work. But they were misinformed about the depth of the pipeline, which was only 3 ft below the road.