Pampore’s Marvel village drinks unsafe water

Pampore’s Marvel village drinks unsafe water
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Filtration plant at water supply scheme installed decade back still incomplete

Sadam Hussain Pandow
Pulwama: Residents of Pampore’s Marvel village are demanding safe drinking water facilities for the locality.
A flood prone habitation located close to Jhelum, the residents said, they have been drinking unsafe and unfiltered water of the river for long.
“The government had installed water scheme a decade ago but unfortunately it never started functioning because of pending work in construction of filtration plant.” Giayas-ud-Din, a resident of Marvel said.
He said they urged authorities many times to complete the filtration plant but to no avail.
Another resident, Gowhar Azia Dar said they are getting unfiltered Jhelum water through a decades old pipeline.
“The consistent use of Jhelum’s filthy water has afflicted a major chunk of populace in diseases and many of us have had major surgeries,” Dar said.
The villagers are now demanding an alternative drinking water supply by connecting the old pipeline with newly started Pantha Chowk water supply scheme like some other localities in the vicinity.
“We have apprised many times to concerned authorities to fix up this problem through alternative means but all proved in vain,” another resident said.
Ishtiyaq Ahmad Khan, JE, PHE Sub division Pampore told Kashmir Reader that they have submitted a report about the problem to higher authorities long ago.
Executive Engineer, PHE division Awantipora, Ravi Kanth, added that they have submitted a Detailed Project Report (DPR) to higher authorities for the filtration plant construction. According to him, inadequate funds has kept the scheme pending.
“I am not sure that if there is any chance to get connection from Pantha Chowk Master Plan pipeline as that comes under other jurisdiction,” he added.