Filtration plants allegedly bypassed to prevent mud accumulation
SHOPIAN: More than a hundred villages in Shopian district are getting a muddy concoction supplied to their homes in the name of tap water.
The residents describe the problem as “worst ever” and appeal the Governor Satya Pal Malik to look into, “why we are supplied poison instead of drinking water”.
Insiders from Public Health Engineering told Kashmir Reader that many filtration plants are defunct these and water from rivulets is directly supplied to people.
They added that the department was deliberately bypassing the filtration plants to prevent repeated accumulation of mud as snow in upper reaches has started melting resulting in higher concentration of mud in the water.
“Aren’t we humans, why our problems are not being solved, we pay bills in time and despite that government is acting as mute spectator to our problems,” Farooq Ahmad Kumar, a resident of Pinjora said.
The affected areas include Turkwangam, Molu, Pargochi, Pehlipora, Meminder, Chitragam, Pinjora Trenz, Imamsahib, Hillow and adjoining villages .
Villagers said the water is so contaminated that even animals refuse it forcing people to fetch water from far off springs and wells using load carriers and cars.
Locals said that they brought the issue to the notice of PHE authorities umpteen times but nothing was done on ground. “The problem continues for more than six months every year but government always ignored it,” Bashir Ahmad Lone, a resident of Chitragam, said.
A group of villagers from Turkwangama told Kashmir Reader that due to contaminated water many people in area fell ill.
“Many people mostly children fell ill, they suffer from chest, throat, eye and skin diseases due to the dirty water,” Shuja Shah, a local said.
Deputy Commissioner Shopian Owais Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they have sent some project estimates to government for a permanent solution to water crisis in the district, out of which some were sanctioned while others are pending.
“I will look into the matter and will see why direct water from rivulets is being supplied to consumers. The projects cost around 70 crore rupees but due to the lack of resources they were lying for sanction,” he said adding that some of the filtration plants have developed technical faults which in time being will be resolved.