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Motor snag triggers water crisis

Over 15 lakh residents of colliery areas in Dhanbad district’s Jharia and Katras are doing without water since Tuesday evening after the Jamadoba-based water treatment plant of Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) developed a technical snag and stopped functioning.

The crisis worsened when a cable at an electric transformer burst, which, in turn, led to disruption of power supply for running the motors at the Jamadoba plant.

Localities like Jamadoba, Lodna, Phusbunglow, Bhaga, Jharia town, Ghanudih, Sindri Road, Bhagatdih, Bastacola, Dhansar, Kendua, Karkend, Baseria, Putki, Katras and Chatabad are the worst hit.

“Supply was disrupted due to the malfunctioning motor and the burnt electric cable,” said technical member of Mada Vinod Kumar, adding that both have been repaired and supply was likely to be normalised by Wednesday evening.