Secy PHE urges timely completion of ‘languishing’ projects

Secy PHE urges timely completion of ‘languishing’ projects
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Inspects WSSs at Dhansar, Jaggar

JAMMU: Secretary, Public Health Engineering (PHE) I&FC, Farooq Ahmad Shah on Wednesday said that safeguarding of water resources is important and this is the moral and personal responsibility of the people to conserve water.
“It is our prime duty to protect and keep water resources pollution free,” he said, adding that consumers should use the supplied water judiciously without any wastage.
He said the state is gifted with abundant water resources and the government is duty-bound to provide safe drinking water to the people and reaffirmed government’s resolve to eradicate water-borne diseases in the state. He directed for immediate cleaning of all surroundings of Dhansar WSS (water supply scheme) so that any possible contamination of water is avoided.
He was inspecting Water Supply Scheme Dhansar Katra in district Reasi to take stock of its functioning, an official release read.
The secretary inspected reservoirs, in addition to touring water purifying units, alum tanks, bleaching unit, flash mixer-cum-stilling chamber, and pump room.
The water treatment plant feeds potable drinking water to more than 50 thousand souls including pilgrims of Katra town, an official release read.
At Katra, hoteliers delegation met the secretary and demanded water supply without any break. He assured the delegation that their demands would be looked into and directed the concerned officers to provide sufficient water supply to the hoteliers.
The secretary highlighted the importance of Katra town and said that pilgrims across India arrive here to pay obeisance at holy cave of Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.
Shah also had a meeting with PHE engineers to finalise the action plan for completion of languishing projects in the district. He was informed that there are eight ongoing languishing projects at a cost of Rs 56 crore out of which Rs 54.30 crore has been spent so far. “7 schemes will be completed by March 2019 and one scheme in next year”, the release read.
The Secretary stressed upon officials to gear up their men and machinery and to speed up work at grassroots level so that people get clean drinking water facilities through these projects at an earliest.
Shah said that all the languishing projects should be strictly completed within the stipulated time frame. He also asked them to complete the fixed targets well in time and also stressed for transparency in the execution of the projects, read the release.
He emphasised upon all the officers and engineers of PHE department to work with added zeal and zest in order to ensure timely completion of all the languishing projects.
Shah also visited PHE sub-division Katra and inspected water testing laboratory and office complex and directed officers to keep the office and surroundings maintained and cleanness.
He also visited Water Supply Scheme Jaggar and took stock of functioning of the scheme. Officers provided him with the details about the scheme, it added.