Water Shortage hits the City Usmanabad, Umerhair without water since 2014 floods


SRINAGAR: Despite tall prom­ises by the government to work towards eliminating all the mis­eries of the people, the woes of the general public only seem to be increasing. Many areas of Srinagar city have complained that they are facing an acute water shortage, from past sev­eral months. Many residents complained that they are fac­ing numerous hardships due to water scarcity, especially in the month of Ramazan when it is difficult to fetch water from far distances. Areas of Umer­hair, Usmanabad, which con­nect 90-feet road to Soura are without proper water supply since September 7 floods. These areas comprise of more than 150 houses with some 873 people liv­ing in them. The locals say that they have been visiting the PHE office on a regular basis for sev­eral months but all their efforts have been in vain as the con­cerned officials are least both­ered about their complaints.

Dr Mohammad Sidiq Bhat, a resident of Usmanabad said, “Our taps are running dry ever since 2014 floods. We have complained to the officials of the PHE Department about the issue many times but our com­plaints are falling on deaf ears. Even though Ms Asiya Naqash, Honourable Minister for Hous­ing and Urban Development promised to look into the mat­ter, nothing has been done till date.” “A trickle of water does run through the taps installed by the PHE outside our house in mornings and evenings but, the water flow is so less that it takes hours to fill a bucket. People of the locality have to wait for hours to collect water in buckets and tubs. We are facing extreme hardships due to shortage of water but nobody seems to care. We have approached the author­ities many times but they seem to be least concerned about our problems. If this issue is not re­solved soon, we will come out on the streets to protest,” said Rouf Ahmed, another resident.

Our office also received com­plaints of water shortage from many other areas like Hawal, Rainawari, Alamgiri bazaar and even some uptown areas like Baghat, Rawalpora of the city. The residents complained that the authorities, despite repeated complains, seem to be unmoved. Chief Engineer PHE, Mr GM. Bhat, on being contacted said, “There may be less water sup­ply in some areas but the reports that there is no water supply are incorrect. We are monitoring each and every area and ensur­ing all the areas of the city are supplied with water. When asked why Usmanabad and Umerhair are without proper water supply since 2014 floods, the Chief Engi­neer said, “It is impossible that there is no water supply. But if there is any such issue, I will defi­nitely look into the matter.”


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