Protests in Janbazpora after water tank fails test run

BARAMULLA: The residents of Janbazpora in this north Kashmir district Saturday staged a protest against the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department after the newly set up overhead water tank failed the test run.
The protest erupted when the tank leaked the water through its walls during the test, forcing the authorities to declare the project a failure. Enraged, hundreds of men and women gathered at the Srinagar-Baramulla highway and blocked the traffic.
“To test the tank, the officials of PHE department filled the tank with water. But it developed cracks and the water leaked through the walls.  The officials immediately declared the plant as a failure,” Sajad Ahmad, a protester, told Kashmir Reader.
The protesters said they were disappointed with the outcome for “we have been waiting for completion of the project since long”.
Confirming that the tank has developed leaks, the Executive Engineer concerned, Khalid Hussain, told Kashmir Reader they will “look into the causes and repair the tank very soon”.
According to the Assistant Executive Engineer, Mohammad Tayub, the government has released only Rs 2.5 crore for the project, which required Rs 8 crore.
“The tank was built at a cost of  Rs 20 lakh,” he said.