HC directs PHE dept to ensure safe drinking water supply

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Srinagar: Provide safe drinking water to the people of the State and file status report within two months in this regard, the J&K High Court told state authorities on Thursday.
Petitioner counsel suggested before court that a team of officers, from Department of PHE, Health, Pollution Control Board, Fisheries and concerned District Administration be formulated to indicate the number and location of all the latrines existence on either of bank of all rivers, nallas, streams and tributaries which are source of drinking water for consumption of the inhabitants of State.
He also submitted that the state authorities have annexed the test report along-with the status report which showed that the drinking water is contaminated. However, no explanation has been offered by the respondents in this regard.
He further suggested that the Public Health Engineering Department be also directed to indicate as to what remedy of measures they have taken till date to arrest the menace of polluting of water sources which is being supplied to the general public.
Hearing the counsel, the Division Bench of Acting Chief Justice Alok Aradhe and Justice M K Hanjura directed the Public Health Engineering Department to take requisite action in terms of these suggestions and ensure safe drinking water is provided to general public.
Court also directed state authorities to offer an explanation with regard to the contaminated water as is indicated from the test report and the remedial measures which they shall take within a period of two months from today to ensure that the effective steps are taken to make the water potable and safe for human consumption.
State counsel submitted that the respondents are willing to act on the aforesaid suggestions and will take requisite action in terms of the suggestions. “In view of the aforesaid submissions, let the requisite action be taken in terms of the suggestions made by the petitioner to ensure availability of safe drinking water and to prevent the pollution with regard to the drinking water within a period of two months from today and to submit a fresh status report,” the court said.