RAWALPINDI- The water shortage in Rawalpindi is a regular trend that people face every summer, while Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) has failed to resolve the problem.

Apart from facing around 12 to 14 hours of power outages, the inhabitants of Rawalpindi are suffering from acute water shortage in hot weather. According to a survey conducted by The Nation, residents of Satellite Town D-Block, Asghar Mall Scheme, Dhoke Khabba, Chamanzar Colony, Sadiqabad, Muslim Colony, Ghazni Road, Liaquat Road, Banni, Kirshan Pura, and Mohan Pura are facing water shortage these days.

The water shortage began in mid-April and was still going on. The people complained that they had to queue up in the heat to register their complaints at the WASA office.

Talking to The Nation Syed Anwer Shah, a resident of Satellite Town D-Block, said that he went to a tube well that provided water to the people in the area but was told that the tube-well was out of order. He said that he had registered several complains but WASA did not pay any heed. He criticised WASA for not improving the water supply system. He said the water shortage mainly occurred because people had installed suction motors in their houses illegally, adding that WASA should remove all the illegal connections and water suction motors.

A senior official of WASA while talking to The Nation said there was no water shortage in the city and out of 210 tube wells, only 15 were out of order, which did not mean that there was a water shortage. He said several areas faced the water shortage because tube wells had dried up, as the ground water level had declined from 160 feet to 200 feet.

Meanwhile the residents of Dhoke Hafiz, Shah Khalid Colony, Noorani Mohallah, Gracey Lane, Dhoke Gangal, Dhoke Kala Khan, Chaklala, Rehmatabad, People's Colony, Dhoke Syedan, Afshan Colony, Dhoke Juma, Dhoke Kalore, Mubarik Lane, Adiala Road and several other areas have been facing acute water shortage for many days.

The helpless residents, carrying cans, are seen in search of water, which has vanished due to long hours of unscheduled power breakdowns.

When The Nation contacted Rawalpindi Cantonment Board (RCB) Assistant Secretary Rana Amanullah Khan, he said that residents were facing water shortage because of long hours of electricity loadshedding.

"We are trying to provide water to all localities, but we are helpless before the unscheduled loadshedding," he added.

On the other hand, the residents of different localities were of the view that the concerned authorities were least bothered to the problems of people because they have repeatedly lodged complaints with them to address water shortage in their respective areas but to no avail.

Muhammad Ahsan, a resident of Satellite Town, said that he has informed the concerned officials about water crisis, but they have taken no action in this regard. He said the entire locality, even the commercial outlets, has no water for over a month. There is acute shortage of water. He said people managed to get water tankers for Rs500 to Rs 1,000 for their daily use. WASA official are minting the money from the people in the name of water tankers, he added. The residents demanded of chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take personal interest in the matter and ensure the basic right of supply water soon to allay their woes. Residents of Rawalpindi also demanded to change corrupt officials of WASA who have main role in water crisis.

Assurance

 The office-bearers of Central Academic Staff Association (CASA) of model colleges called on newly appointed Secretary of Capital Administration of Development Division (CADD) Shaigan Sharif Malik.

The delegation comprised of CASA President Professor Muhammad Rashid, Senior Vice President Prof Mehboob Ahmed, General Secretary Murad Ali, and Joint Secretary Farzana Akram.

The president of CASA gave a briefing regarding various issues of the teachers like hiring, time scale promoting of teachers of junior section, salary fixation of daily wagers, medical examination of newly appointed teacher, and change of nomenclature of secondary school teachers of model colleges.

More than 425 teachers are waiting for their hiring to be approved but to no avail. Denying teachers the ceiling facility is a discrimination which is demoralising them. The teachers who have already hired accommodations are not being paid the rents of their houses for the last over 01 year, they said.

Moreover it was suggested that the meetings of departmental promotion committee should be arranged at least twice a year for timely promotions on regular and timescale basis.

They said that posts should be created for those teacher who have got their appointment orders and their medical examinations have also been completed. They further suggested that FDE should be empowered in order to facilitate the employees at directorate level.

The secretary assured the delegation of CASA that the issues of the teachers will be resolved soon. While talking on the issue of non-availability of books to the students, the secretary informed the delegation that a heavy amount has been allocated for the printing of books of the students. He assured that in future students would get their books in the beginning of the academic session every year. He sent the demands and issues of the teachers to additional secretary for immediate resolution.