PAMPORE: Nearly 20 water supply schemes for 30 villages were affected due to flood-like situation in PHE sub-division Pampore, though officials of PHE (Public Health and Engineering) said that seven schemes have been fully restored and others partially restored on Sunday.
In Pampore sub-division of the PHE department, there are 53 water schemes out of which 20 get their water supply from Jhelum river.
Due to presence of a lot of mud in the water, we could not supply the water and closed the schemes temporarily,” said Assistant Engineer PHE Bashir Ahmad Thoker. He said that after the reduction in water level, seven of the 20 affected schemes were made functional on Sunday.
Thoker said that water supply to the affected areas was met through other schemes but the time of supply was curtailed to one hour. At places where tap water could not be supplied, water was provided by tankers, he said.
The PHE sub-division Pampore has already established a 24-hour control room in the wake of rising water level in the Jhelum.
Sources in the PHE department told Kashmir Reader that most of the schemes could have remained functional if submersible motors had been provided.
“Currently we have only one submersible pump in Pampore and that is in the Tangnar water scheme,” a source said.
Thoker said water supply in Pampore town will be given for one hour in morning from 7am to 8am and for two hours in the evening from 5pm to 7pm.
Other officials told Kashmir Reader that they had tried to provide water from the Tangnar water scheme but due to large quantity of silt, they partially closed down the scheme.
“If we had continued supplying water, the pump may have suffered damage,” he said, adding that precautions were made to save the pump from damage.
PHE Executive Engineer Ravi Chander Sudan, Assitant Engineer Bashir Ahmad Thokar, Assistant Executive Engineer Fayaz Ahmad Khanday and other officials on Sunday visited many affected areas in Pampore including Samboora, Aloochibagh, Lethpora, Patalbagh, Kandizal, Marwal, Khadrimoh and other villages.
Dozens of Shopian villages are also facing drinking water crisis since June 29 after flash floods affected several water supply schemes.
A dozen villages in Trenz belt of the district are still affected as there is no tap water supply.
A resident of Pehlipora village said that taps are running dry and people are fetching water from a spring which is five kilometres away. He said that people are using load carriers to get their supply of water.
Sources in the PHE office of Shopian said that due to heavy rains, water supply schemes developed snags at several places.
Even in areas where water supply has been restored, residents complained that the water being supplied was contaminated.
Executive Engineer PHE Shopian,Nisar Ahmad Shah, told Kashmir Reader that it will take more 24 hours to restore water supply in affected areas. “At several places the water supply schemes have suffered major damages. Other schemes have also been affected due to contaminated water and that, too, will be restored to normal within 24 hours,” he said.