RAWALPINDI: Closure of 7 tube wells have aggravated the water crisis in the cantt areas due to ill conceived strategy of water supply department of cantonment board.
As many as 62 tubewells were installed to supply water to 300000 population of cantt areas while 7 out of these tube wells have been declared redundant and closed down in the areas of Race course, valley road, Feroz ud Din, Nasir Abad, Mohalla Zimindaran, Tench Bhata and OTH.
The closure of these tube wells have multiplied the woes of the inmates of the respective areas as the ever lowering level of water has made it impossible for them to obtain water from the boring system at private level.
â€œWe are already facing acute shortage of water and closure of the tubewells has left us at the mercy of water containers drivers who fleece us by providing water at the costly rate ranging between Rs 1500 to Rs 2000 per container. We are low paid employees and most of us are working on daily wages, therefore, it is becoming out of reach to buy containers at such high rates, said a group of inmates of Nasir Abad.
The residents of the respective areas have demanded reopening of the closed tubewells by arranging immediate repair work on them.