BARAMULLA: A family from the Poshwani village of Pattan in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district is waiting for the drinking water after a connection was approved by the department of public health engineering (PHE) past month. However the department “failed” to provide them a proper supply.
Mohammad Shafi Qadri, a resident of Poshwani village of Pattan said that he had applied for the connection of water two months ago with office of Assistant Engineer (AE) PHE department Pattan, the application was processed and the site was also inspected by the officials of the department. After assessing the feasibility and completion of other legal formalities the connection was finally approved past month against the payment of rupees 2,234 under GR number 1590815 dated 10-10-2018.
He claimed that since then he has been visiting the offices but “they are not providing me a proper connection and forced us to take water from nearby streams which is completely unsafe for my family,” he alleged.
Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of the PHE department, Mohammad Toib said that there is a court case against the connection that is why the connection was not provided to family.
The family, however, alleged that they have a neighbour, an employee at PHE department, doesn’t want to share his nearby pipeline with others and officials of the department have sympathies” with him (the employee).
Meanwhile, the AEE assured that he will take the matter seriously and will provide a connection to the family. He, however, rejected the allegations that they have “sympathies” with anyone.