Pampore residents decry water shortage

Pampore residents decry water shortage

Say water pressure too low even after repairs

Pampore: Decrying the acute water shortage they are facing, the residents of Pampore town are up in arms against the local administration for failing to resolve prevailing water crisis.
Residents told Kashmir Reader that their grievances were ignored repeatedly by the administration which has led to crises like situation in the area.
Mushtaq Ahmad, a resident of Kadlabal, said that the area was facing acute water shortage for last five days.
“Water is supplied to us for one to two hours and most of the population has to store water in overhead tanks installed on roofs of their houses,” he said.Another local, Tariq Ahmad said that when they went to complain about their grievance to the concerned authorities most of the staff was absent “except a few who did not care about our grievance”
“They curtly said that the office was closed for four days due to gazetted holidays,” he said. Despite being an essential service the employees in the PHE office were enjoying four consecutive holidays in Kashmir Valley from Friday to Monday.
The resident added that in the last few days the taps were running almost dry, and the women folk had to fetch water from river.
Assistant Executive Engineer Tangnar Water Scheme, Reyaz Ahmad said that there has been leakage at many places in the supplying lines which has resulted in low pressure.
“We have sent teams for necessary repairs and the water with full speed would be restored soon,” he said, adding that due to continuous digging of sand from river Jehlum the water level had gone down and that issue too had been resolved.
Executive Engineer Awantipora Division, Ravi Kant Sharma told Kashmir Reader that their department has resolved the issues.
“We have resolved the issue and have restored the (water) supply,” he said.
However, Pampore residents complained that the water continued to run at low pressure pace and the supply doesn’t reach even the first floor of residential structures.