LAHORE - Despite the Water and Sanitation Agency (Wasa) recently issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the holy month of Ramazan, irregular water supply has made life of people miserable in the provincial capital for a couple of days especially before Sehri and Iftari timings.

The SOP was issued by DMD Operation for the holy month in order to facilitate the citizens under which Wasa was declared responsible for provision of better water supply, drainage and sewerage facilities and in this regard orders were passed to all the Director Operations of all the towns of the city.

In short, the concerned authorities failed to implement such SOP in its true spirit taking plea of unscheduled electricity loadshedding and in this regard they are blaming the Lesco authorities, saying that the Lesco authorities are responsible for prevailing situation of shortage of potable water in the city due to spontaneous electricity tripping.

Whereas, some insiders in Wasa say that Lesco authorities are not only the sole responsible for this situation because Wasa authorities had claimed before Ramazan that they had completed all the arrangements for uninterrupted supply of water to the citizens by using generators installed at all the tubewells.

Moreover, out-of-order tubewells and lack of fuel have been rubbing salt into public wounds while the Wasa has been dragging its feet over the matter, they added. They informed this scribe that Shadbagh, Misri Shah, Baghbanpura, Mugghalpura, Kot Khawaja Saeed, Mozang, Sanda, Ichra, areas of Walled City, Ravi Road and some other areas are the worst affected area where the residents have been facing the problems since the arrival of summer season.

However, top officials credited unannounced loadshedding as reason for the chaos while their subordinates complained of irregular fuel supply for generators. A tubewell operator, seeking anonymity, said the agency had fallen short of fuel. Moreover, the authorities have not been heeding to repair out-of-order tubewells, leaving people in the lurch, he added.

Fuel theft by officials has also been reported in the agency but the high-ups have never bothered to take action against the culprits.

Wasa Operation DMD Asghar Ali Bhali said that the agency had been receiving complains about irregular supply. However, he claimed that the agency had been looking into the matter and for coping with the situation Wasa deputed special staff at all the sub-divisions who would redress the public complaints round the clock during the month of Ramazan. A sub engineer would be available in all the sub-divisions at Sehri and Iftari timings who would also be responsible monitoring the tubewells operations with redressing the public complaints immediately.

The DMD added that loadshedding had been hampering supply while fuel issue would be resolved soon. “We will increase fuel supply for the generators in coming days,” he added. About the fuel theft by officials, the department had appointed directors had been tasked to keep check over the problem.

According to the DMD, a strategy was devised after some theft cases surfaced. Under this plan, a team of directors and executive engineers would remain alert round the clock to ensure supply of fuel for generators so that regular water supply could be ensured.