RAWALPINDI– Suspension of water supply has added to the problems of the residents of Afshan Colony. On one side heavy rainfall has reduced water shortage to nullity but on the other hand we are deprived of boon of drinking water, said a group of residents.

Tube well is installed in the area but tube well operator employed to operate it has suspended water supply on his whim since the last one week, said Muhammad Shafi, a government employee.

Whenever we turn on the taps, only gas gushes out from them instead of water and we have to fetch water for drinking purpose from far-flung areas, said Din Mohammad, a shopkeeper.

We have to purchase water at inflated rate from water supply staffers as one tanker costs to us at the rate of Rs 1,000. We are low paid employees and even cannot meet our daily expenses out of this meager income then how long we will afford the luxury of buying water, said Sharafat Hussain, a teacher.

Residents demanded immediate restoration of water supply besides initiation of action against tube well operator if found responsible for creating water crisis.

Meanwhile, the residents of Shah Khalid Colony located on a road adjacent to Benazir Bhutto International Airport have been facing acute water shortage causing inconvenience and problems to them. 

The residents talking to this agency said that a tube well was installed in street No.1 of Shah Khalid Colony in union council Chaklala 78 two years back with the efforts of local lawmakers but adequate water supply could not provided to the locality.

The elders of the area including water supply chairman Haji Ijaz, former councillor Tariq Mehmood Qureshi and others demanded concerned authorities to take notice of the water shortage and ensure permanent solution of the matter.