SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir government is mulling to replace the worn-out drinking water distribution pipe lines in Srinagar city nearly 60 years after they were laid to supply water to the inhabitants.
These days, the Public Health Engineering Department (PHE), which oversees the supply of drinking water in Kashmir, has been convincing the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund them at the earliest to ease out the problems in the supply of water.
“In old city, Batamaloo, Lal Chowk areas, the pipes have given their services and have now become obsolete. They become sometimes the cause of the blockage of water supply while there is no shortage of drinking water available with us. Due to their small size, inhabitants complain of less water being supplied to them. Their repair is also become a hurdle that would have to be approached in a cost-ineffective manner as we have to cut macadamised roads to solve it,” Chief Engineer PHE Abdul Wahid told Kashmir Reader.
Wahid said that his department has held many meetings with the ADB over the last many months. He said the bank has now shown interest, after the magnitude of the city’s difficulty with worn out pipes was explained.
“They have sought the areas getting affected and the numbers of pipes required. We are preparing it and, on July 11, we will be presenting our preliminary report about it,” he added.
Wahid said these pipes have been laid in the city in the early 1950s and 60s and have never been replaced since. According to him, these pipes become the cause for lowered water supply to households, mostly during summers.
“The department is blamed at that time for inadequate supply. But from our side we are all okay. At present we have supply from Rangil, Alistang, Nishat, Tangnar, Chadoora, Doodh Ganga, Sukhnag, Narbal water stations. Due to this we have more than 100 litres of water available for all per capita. Yet we face the public ire sometimes,” he added.
The laying down of these pipes, he said, has the potential to remove bottlenecks and ease out the problems of affected areas.