Water shortage in Gujarat, citizens demonstrate

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Surat (Gujarat), May 7 (ANI): Residents of Gujarat's Surat city, who are facing acute water shortage protested against the Municipal Corporation.

They took to the streets on Thursday carrying empty pots on their heads and raised slogans against the corporation.

"The municipal water tanker never comes on time. Sometime it comes at 9 am and sometimes at 11 am. They don't maintain any time. Whenever the tanker comes 4,000-5,000 people come to take water," said Anita Patel, a housewife.

"We don't get even get the basic supply of water. You only tell us how to cook our food," she added.

The people here depend on water tankers, which are, however, inadequate, as there are not enough tankers for the needs of everyone.

"We call for the tanker again and again but they always give excuses that they will come as soon as possible. We don't even have water to drink so how can we make our food," said Kamala Patel, a housewife.

Residents complain that many times they have raised this issue to concerned officials, but the problem still remains.

Meanwhile, Ranjit Gilitwala, the Mayor of Surat city said that there is no water shortage, conceding that only a few areas are affected.

"I am not agreeing with this fact that there is acute water shortage and people are not getting water. If there is water shortage in three or four areas that doesn't mean there is water hortage in the whole city. I am not agreeing with this fact at all," said Ranjit Gilitwala, Mayor of Gujarat city. (ANI)

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