Anantnag Villagers Forced To Drink Contaminated Work, Thanks To PHE

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Anantnag: Despite hundreds of water supply schemes taken up every year for execution, majority of them have not been completed due to non-availability of funds forcing people to consume contaminated water in villages.

The Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has taken up hundreds of water supply schemes, however, it has failed to complete majority of these schemes.

The contractors have stopped work on many of these schemes after government failed to clear their bills,” an official of PHE department told Kashmir Observer. In Lalan Village of Anantnag District, the work on a scheme was started three years ago, but the government has failed to complete it forcing people to fetch water from streams and other contaminated water sources.

“We requested the authorities to look into the matter but all in vain,” said Ghulam Hassan, a Lalan villager said. “The construction of water filtration plant started three years ago at Lalan Anantnag by the PHE department has been inoperational. The delay in making this vital filtration and water treatment plant functional has been causing inconvenience to the inhabitants who are forced to consume unfiltered water supplied from nearby area.”

He said the Filtration Plant was constructed in 2012 by PHE division Qazigund under Lalan water supply scheme at a cost of around Rs 1 crore to provide potable drinking water to over 6 villages including Chidhama, Monghal and Lalan villages.

“Even after passing of 4 years, the PHE department has failed make the plant functional,” he said. “We are forced to consume contaminated water.”

Meanwhile talking to the Kashmir observer,the  Executive Engineer PHE division Qazigund said that the filtration plant is under construction. “The land owner created many problems for us besides non availability of funds has hampered the work,” he said.

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