Residents of Shalpora Batmaloo say nobody hearing their woes
Srinagar: Three years after the water supply to Shalpora locality of Batamaloo in Srinagar was disrupted, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has failed to restore the supply causing inconvenience to the residents.
Residents said the water supply pipes were damaged in June 2014, and since then they have been left to suffer.
“The water supply was disrupted after a team of PHE and locals were repairing some water pipes,” said Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, a school teacher in the locality.
He said that the residents visited the concerned officials many times in the last three years but to no avail.
“Water tankers come two times a week but the water they provide is polluted and is not fit for washing purpose,” Dar said adding, “We don’t have even drinking water. It is shame for the department. Sometimes we don’t even get water to cook food.”
In the circumstances, residents are forced to fetch water from other localities. There are some tube wells in the locality, but residents said, the water was not fit for drinking.
“It is difficult to go to other localities and fetch water. Often people shut their doors,” another resident said.
Residents complained that they were promised drinking water from tankers but that lasted for few months only.
“They only come two times a week which is very unfortunate. Sometimes they even forget to supply,” said Mohammad Nabi, another resident. Despite repeated pleas, the residents said, the authorities were doing nothing to address the problem.
“If there is water scarcity, at least PHE department should provide water till the issue gets solved. But unfortunately nobody has visited here. The damaged water pipes are craving for attention,” they said.
Chief Engineer PHE, when contacted, said Executive Engineer can talk on the matter.
Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Chaudhary told Kashmir Reader that he would take up the matter with the chief engineer.