The commuters are suffering as most of the water cooler machines installed in the city are lying
defunct due to lack of maintenance by the concerned authorities.
Most of the drinking water coolers installed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) at various locations in the city are either defunct and few which are in working condition, have not been cleaned for months together and people are forced to drink water from them.
The JMC has installed 316 coolers in the city. Though the civic body had recently begun the repair work of these coolers, many of them still are not suitable for use. Most of these water coolers were installed after the MC elections in 2005 by the elected councilors but after installation no steps were taken for the maintenance of these machines due to which most of them are now not in working condition.
There are 71 wards in Jammu and each former corporator had installed two to three water coolers in his respective ward but these coolers have not been maintained for long and are down with technical faults like non-working compressors and broken cooling chambers.
Moreover, the residents also claim that in most of the markets and on busy roads we do not have proper drinking water facilities in the city. Lack of drinking water facilities is creating problems for the people, especially for the commuters and daily wage workers, who are left with no other option than to buy water bottles to quench their thirst.
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