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Technical snag hits water supply in SMC area

SNS |

 Supply of drinking water has again been suspended in Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) area on Friday after a leakage in the water pipeline at Fulbari on Thursday night.

The water supply was restored after five days on 14 September after a technical snag in the main distribution pipelines during the shifting of the pipes for the Asian Highway II project at Fulbari.

“A leakage has appeared in the pipelines last night resulting in the suspension of water distribution since morning.

“The Public Health Engineering department is working to restore the supply. We have informed all the councillors,” said Siliguri mayor Asok Bhattacharya, adding the civic body had no role in this.

The water crisis had triggered a political row as the Trinamool Congress went on the warpath against the Left Front-run civic board over the issue. They had staged an agitation and gheraoed the vehicle of Bhattacharya for two hours on 12 September.

Bhattacharya sent two letters on Thursday to the PHE minister Subrata Mukherjee and state director general of police Surajit Kar Purkayastha on Thursday complaining that Trinamul Congress activists and some ‘miscreants’forcibly prevented him from entering the Siliguri Municipal Corporation offices and closed the entry gate during their agitation on 12 September. Bhattacharya urged Mukherjee to conduct a high level inquiry to find out the cause of the water supply fiasco and sought the intervention of Purkayastha.

The member, mayor-in-council, water supply, SMC, Saradindu Chkrabarty said the leakage had been repaired.

“The water distribution will resume from this evening zone wise,” he said. The water is supplied two times a day, during the morning and evening in all the 47 wards.

The leader of the Opposition Nantu Paul said they would stage another agitation if the people did not get drinking water.