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Bhairahawa reeling under water shortage

RUPANDEHI, FEB 11 -

Residents of Bhairahawa in the district are facing a shortage of drinking water after the local branch of Nepal Water Supply Corporation (NWSC) failed to supply water due to increasing load shedding. Local people said water supply is irregular nowadays.

Dhankala Poudel of Siddharthanagar Municipality-8 said locals have to wake up at around 3am to fetch water from water taps at times.

Local residents have started storing water due to irregular water supply. NWSC officials said they were distributing 3 million litres of water to around 150,000 people in the municipality area three times a day.

They, however, said the supply is irregular nowadays as they are unable to store enough water in tanks due to power outage. The area is facing load shedding for around 14 hours a day.

“Failure of the central office to provide budget to run a generator has created such problem,” said Ashish Karki, chief of the NWSC branch.

He said the budget released from the central office cannot cover electricity bills. “We need around Rs 80,000 to purchase diesel alone,” he said, adding that their repeated calls to the authorities concerned are yet to be addressed.

 

 

Posted on: 2013-02-11 08:40