Pampore residents compelled to consume contaminated water

Pampore residents compelled to consume contaminated water
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SRINAGAR: The residents of saffron town of Pampore have alleged that they are being supplied contaminated posing threat to their lives. They said that the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has maintained a criminal negligence over the pathetic state of affairs.
The town right now gets its water supply from Jhelum, through a filtration plant constructed in mid-nineties.
“One the filtration plants is more than twenty years old,” a local resident said adding the plant is not fitted with purification system and supplies water directly fetched from Jhelum River.
“You can see the human excreta floating over the water because most of the drains from the town are emptied in the river. Many residents do not have trenches for their latrines and the faeces directly flow into the water source contaminating it to the extent that it remains no longer fit for human consumption,” the residents say.
The Kashmir Reader has pictures of the water source with human faeces and other impurities floating over the water.
The people demand that they should be provided water from Tagnar Water supply scheme in Sempora, the pipelines for which have already been laid.
“We used to get around two hours of water supply from Tangnar scheme, which has been stopped for some reasons. We request the authorities to resume those two hours of supply. That will be sufficient for us,” the locals told Kashmir Reader.
They said that they can at least store the water and consume it judiciously rather than being forced to drink contaminated water and put their health in jeopardy.
Executive Engineer (Ex En) of the civil wing of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for Awantipora, Ravikant Sharma, assured immediate action.
“I will talk to the Town Area people and see to it that the drains are diverted and the water source is no longer contaminated,” Sharma said.
He also said that he will talk to the officials concerned at Tangnar water supply scheme and see what can be done on that front as well.