SHOPIAN: Public Health Engineering department damaged the roads during the process of laying new water pipes and fixing snags of old pipes in main town Shopian.
Many of these roads, which were dug up by PHE have added more woes of people in the already potholed roads of the town.
The PHE department dug the road after a snag developed in water supply led to the water crises in the town for about a week,
PHE department responded with arbitrarily cutting the roads and streets without consulting the concerned departments.
Locals said that due to the lack of technical information department made pits where there was no need of it since the department has no proper map of the pipelines in the town.
Locals said that the digging of roads has not only added miseries of the people but has caused a loss to the state exchequer.
The roads were damaged in Kharmohala, Malik-Mohalla, Jamia Masjid like localities of the town.
Executive officer Municipal Committee Shopian, Imtiyaz Ahmad Dar told Kashmir Reader that PHE department didn’t consult them before digging the roads. “We received complaints from the public that PHE department has damaged roads and had not filled those pits at several places,” Dar said.
Experts question the digging of PHE department, saying that to remove the blockages department should have a proper map of the pipeline network.
“How come pipes were blockades when department claims that they provide filtered water,” residents questioned.
Executive engineer roads and buildings Shopian, Abdul Aziz Bhat told Kashmir Reader that it is not the first instance that PHE department bulldozed roads and streets.
“It’s become a norm for the PHE department. They didn’t consult us before digging the roads. Not only has this most of the pipelines of PHE department had leaks which lead to damage to roads. I several times wrote to them, even lodged FIRs against them but they never listen to us,” he said.
Bhat added that people must inform them in future if they will again damage roads.
“We will take action against the department,” he said.
Shakeel-ur-Rehman, Assistant Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering department Shopian told Kashmir Reader that due to water crises in the town, “we repaired the pipelines in an emergency. We were not in a position to the aware R&B department about the digging of roads and streets. “These water pipes have been laid decades ago when there were no roads in these areas. How can we solve a technical snag without checking the pipelines which are buried under the roads?”
He added that with the improvement in the weather, they will repair the roads and streets.