Tral: Work on a water supply scheme meant to cater to several far-flung villages in Tral sub-division has not been completed four years after it was started.
Residents from Shaldrama, Nahir, Khasipora, Chatrogam, Chankitar, Diver, Bajwani and adjoining villages accuse the authorities of step motherly treatment towards them.
Resdients of Shaldrama village said the project was meant to be completed in four months, “but four years have the work on water supply scheme is going at snail’s pace”.
Jahangir Ahmad Sheikh, a local resident alleged the contractors used substandard material during the construction.
“These contractors are in league with the officials of Public Health Engineering department,” he said.
The residents said that on frequent complaints a technical team inspected the site found the material was not used as per schedule at certain places.
Residents said that they were facing huge water crisis but the officials were in slumber.
Official sources said that construction of reservoir was started in 2014 with the motive to provide water supply for more than a half dozen villages in Tral sub district. They said that Rs 47.58 lakh were allotted for the scheme.
Assistant Executive Engineer Public Health engineering (PHE) Tral, Nisar Ahmad Kar told Kashmir Reader that the scheme would be made operational in March-April of 2018.
“Due to unavailability of funds this scheme took more time. The funds were not released on time and we are working on pipelines and the pending work in reservoir is also going on,” he said.
He added that he will also address the complaints of people and take action if any wrongdoing is found.