People Drink Unsafe Water at Check Pahroo, Courtesy PHE


Srinagar—People in nearly 10 localities surrounding Check Pahroo filtration plant situated in the City outskirts are drink­ing contaminated water, courtesy, unmoved administration.

According to locals, the fil­tration plant lies defunct and the administration remains unconcerned.

“This filtration plant is ly­ing defunct from over two years now, but unfortunately administration continues to remain unmoved,” locals told Kashmir Observer.

“We are forced to drink con­taminated water and govern­ment is feeding us with dis­eases,” they said.

The locals said that they sev­eral times lodged complaints regarding the issue to Public Health Engineering (PHE, but they failed to act over the issue.

Meanwhile a group of wom­an said that the water filled pots at their homes only show silt and blue algae.

“PHE department is forcing us to drink water which only causes diseases,” they said. The locals demanded the immedi­ate action in order to improve the defunct machinery lying there from a long period of time.

Insiders at the filtration plant said that the process of bleaching is done manually rather focusing on the im­provement of defunct filtra­tion plant, due to which water quality is not such that is safe for drinking.

Block Medical Officer Chattergam said that the department will collect the random sample from any consumer points to testify the water quality.

Talking to Kashmir Observ­er, Assistant Engineer, PHE Lal Nagar, Zubair Ahmad Naqash said “We test the water taken from consumer points at least thrice in a week in order to check the balance of its Re­sidual Chlorine and Turbidity and in case something wrong is found the department takes immediate action,” he said.

Naqash added it is true that there is some fault in the ma­chinery and department is try­ing to overcome that problem, rather the machinery is de­funct the department is doing the manual bleaching in order to maintain the balance of ‘tur­bidity and Residual Chlorine’ to the water, which is compulsory to make it suitable for drinking. He claimed there is no compro­mise of water quality in manu­al or technical bleaching.

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