Uptown areas without water supply for past ten days



Srinagar: The uptown areas of Srinagar city are without water supply for the past ten days, creating problems for the inhabitants of Rawalpora, Sanatnagar, Baghat and Barzulla. These areas fall under Doodh Ganga water supply which caters to most parts of the uptown areas of Srinagar city.

As per the inhabitants of these areas, officials of PHE did not make any announcement regarding the disconnection of water supply nor did they make necessary arrangement of water tankers to supply water to the affected areas. “We are not able to understand what the hell they are doing. For past ten days, we have not seen water either in taps or from water tankers. They disconnected the water supply without informing the general public and the irony is that they have not made any arrangement for water tankers. There are around 70-80 households in a single colony and there are more than 30 colonies in Rawalpora area alone which are without water supply for so many days all together. It has created a lot of problems; everything is only possible with water, be it cooking or washing” said Mukhtar Khan, a resident of Rawalpora colony.

“We have to get water from another colony where there is only little water running from the tap. We have been subjected to harsh conditions while everyone has turned a deaf ear to our problems. The summer season is yet to begin and water supply is nowhere to be found while the authorities are beating around the bush. In winter, it is electricity which haunts people and now in summer, it is water supply which gives people a headache. Nobody bothers about us, be it the officials or the government. Everyone lets the common man suffer” said Shaheen Akhtar, a local lady from Sanatnagar.

As per the official of PHE, Mr. Qureshi, who heads Excel water works and under which the Doodh Ganga Project falls, “We have disconnected water supply for treatment of various pollutants which have gone up from 1000 to 4500 pollutant particles in the water. This was necessary as it would have created water borne diseases and more importantly, the water quality was not fit for drinking or washing purposes. We have treated nearly 70 percent of the water and have already restored it in the peripheral areas of Nowgam and Jawahar nagar. By tomorrow, we will be restoring water supply to every area.”

When asked about why no prior announcement was made regarding the cutoff of water supply, Mr. Qureshi said, “We have already informed the public and couldn’t do much about this. We have to clean the water so that people don’t fall ill.”

While the officials of PHE were fully aware of the issue, the irony was that the Chief Engineer of PHE, Mr. GM Bhat, did not know about it. When asked why there was disruption in water supply for last ten days in various areas, Mr. Bhat surprisingly said, “I don’t know anything and no such activity has been carried out by the PHE department.” This speaks volumes about the sorry state of affairs prevailing here in Kashmir.

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