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As part of the Heat Action Plan (HAP) introduced by AMC in April, unfastened consuming water amenities were to be set up at 700 spots across the city. Mirror Check at greater than 50 spots across Ahmedabad finds that AMC has failed to offer unfastened water. Citizens cry foul as Rs five and Rs 10 water bottles are not to be had far and wide

The city continues to reel underneath one heatwave after any other, however Amdavadis — particularly the ones at the move all the day — have been left parched by the AMC, which has didn't set up unfastened consuming water amenities across the city.

AMC had introduced putting in place of unfastened consuming water facility at 700 spots across the city however a Mirror Check at greater than 50 places revealed that the civic frame has failed in doing so. Also, ban on Rs 2 water pouches by AMC last year has turn out to be a bane for electorate, particularly for individuals who use public shipping or are eager about jobs that require commuting all the way through the day.

The Rs 20 water bottles turn out expensive for most people while Rs five and Rs 10 bottles are not to be had far and wide. Citizens lament the Rs 2 pouches were to be had even at roadside outlets earlier than being banned. Ironically, AMC has urged electorate to stay hydrated throughout excessive heatwave stipulations.

No unfastened consuming water Mirror visited Ashram Road, CG Road, Chandkheda, Motera, Kankaria, 132-feet Ring Road, Panjrapole, Sabarmati, Gandhi Ashram highway, Subhash Bridge, Paldi, Naranpura, Stadium Crossroads and so forth however may no longer discover a unmarried spot the place unfastened water was once to be had. Citizens vent sadness Jitendra Shah, who was once waiting for a bus in Shahibaug, mentioned the trouble started after AMC banned water pouches.

“Water bottles costing Rs five and Rs 10 are not to be had far and wide. People can not buy Rs 20 bottle each and every time they are thirsty. If two working other people from a family mission out, they can not spend Rs 40 for water,” he lamented.

Chetan Vaghela, a resident of Chandkheda employed with an insurance coverage company, mentioned, “I've to work in the box all the day. I always raise a water bottle from house, nevertheless it turn out to be empty by afternoon. I try to fill up it at one of the vital places I consult with. I've by no means come across unfastened consuming water facility of the AMC. It is kindness of fellow electorate which gets me through the day.”

Vadaj resident Kiran Solanki mentioned Ahmedabad summers are so harsh that one can do without meals however no longer without water. “Gone are the times when quenching the thirst of other people was once regarded as a civic responsibility and noble gesture.

Voluntary organisations set up unfastened consuming water facility across Ahmedabad ; Pic: NILKANTH DAVE


The observe has decreased considerably. In this kind of scenario, it's the responsibility of AMC to abide by its promise,” he mentioned.

Haresh Desai, a resident of Paldi, mentioned ban on Rs 2 water pouch has created difficulties for not unusual other people. “Citizens need to undergo without water. AMC has failed to offer water to other people of Ahmedabad. It is disappointing,” he mentioned. What AMC officials say A most sensible reliable related to implementation of the AMC’s Heat Action Plan (HAP) told Mirror, “It has also come to our notice that Rs five and Rs 10 water bottles are not to be had far and wide.


I assure you that we will be able to communicate to bottled water companies and direct them to increase point of sales.”

While the “much lauded” HAP bites mud, Nodal Officer of AMC’s Heat Action Plan Dr Tejas Shah mentioned, “We have set up unfastened consuming water points in affiliation with store owners and voluntary organisations.” When asked why no water facility has been set up at places visited by Mirror, he mentioned, “We have indeed set up the amenities. However, if they don't seem to be to be had then please furnish us the list of places. We will communicate to voluntary organisations and see to it that unfastened water is made to be had at these places.”


I've by no means come across unfastened consuming water facility of the AMC anywhere in the city. In fact, it is kindness of fellow electorate which gets me through the day

Chetan Vaghela, Chandkheda resident

Water bottles costing Rs five and Rs 10 are not to be had far and wide. People can not buy Rs 20 bottle each and every time they are thirsty. AMC will have to do its responsibility

Jitendra Shah, Shahibaug

We have indeed set up the amenities. However, if they don't seem to be to be had then please furnish us the list of places. We will communicate to voluntary organisations and see to it that unfastened water is made to be had at these places

Dr Tejas Shah, Nodal Officer, AMC Heat Action Plan



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