Inadequate power, water supply dogs city lifeManjurul Ahsan and Shahin Akhter
City people see no respite from their sufferings as problems with the supply of power and water have intensified with an increase in day temperature.
Frequent power outages amid sultry weather have increased the demand for water but the outages also hamper the lifting of water as pumps could not be run.
The Met Office said that the average temperature recorded in the capital ranged between 35 degrees and 36 degrees Celsius over the past one week and it forecast a further rise in temperature.
Residents of metropolitan areas such as Dhanmondi, Tejkunipara, Mirpur, Khilgaon, Malibagh, Goran, Basabo, Madartek, Tikatuli, Sutrapur, Gendaria, Kasaituli, Lalbagh and Bangshal said that they were facing supply water shortage.
Frequent power outages are also hampering water lifting in high rises, particularly which do not have large overhead water tank.
Milan Boshak, a resident of Khilgaon, told New Age that the frequent power outages had strained the lives of the city people.
‘It has become common not to get power you leave house for work or get back home exhausted after work. You cannot also get water in the bathroom as the pump could not be run when office- and school-goers need water,’ he said.
Ayesha Khanom, a resident of Dhanmondi, said that she had been suffering for shorage of supply water since the early summer.
A number of pump operators in areas such as Mohammadpur and Rampura having single power connections said that they could not run water pumps as needed as ‘power outages have increased but the allocation of diesel has not been increased.’
WASA pumps that have dual connections cannot also extract adequate water as power outages take place every alternate hour.
The Water Supply and Sewerage Authority managing director, Taqsem A Khan, when he talked to New Age a few days ago, attributed the problem to frequent power outages.
WASA with its 602 pumps extracts about 210 crore litres of water to meet an
estimated demand for about 230 crore litres.
Power distribution agencies of the capital can meet up to 70 per cent of the demand as the overall generation has not increased in line with the increase in the demand for electricity, officials said.
They said that the demand in the capital for power averaged between 2,000MW and 2,200MW while the agencies could provide only up to 1,500MW.
Arjad Hossain, managing director of the Dhaka Electric Supply Company, told New Age that the demand for power had increased with an increase in day temperature and they needed to carry on outages even up 35 per cent.
The Power Development Board, the only agency that generates and buys electricity from other public- and private-sector agencies, supply about 4,000MW during the day time and the supply increased to about 5,000MW at night.
Power distribution agency officials said that the actual demand for electricity was more than 7,000MW during peak hours although the National Load Dispatch Centre claims that the demand hit up to 5,500MW.
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