SrinagarPeople 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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