Delay in pipeline replacement leaves Budgam village without water for three months

Delay in pipeline replacement leaves Budgam village without water for three months

BUDGA: MResidents of as many as 50 households of Wuder colony Wathoora here in central Kashmir’s Budgam have been without water for more than three months owing to delay in the laying of the pipeline for their area.
Residents of the affected area complained that the supply was suspended in the month of February when the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department dug up the old two-inch pipeline to replace it with a new one.
“The department employees, while digging out the pipeline, assured us that they would replace it with the new one-and-a-half inch pipe. However, three months have passed, but nothing has been done,” said Abid Ahmad, a local.
He added that many complaints were registered with the department but no official from the utility had turned up to take measures for the restoration of water to the villagers so far.
Instead, he added, the officials concerned were asking the affected households to bear the scarcity of water or get the old pipeline replaced with an only one inch-wide pipe.
Another resident, Shabir Ali, added that the area is located on a comparatively higher altitude at which pipes with less width can’t supply the required water to the residents.
“We have been fetching water from far off areas since last few months, which has not only consumed the time of our women folk, rather it has literally left us thirsty,” he added.
“We request the concerned authorities to look into the matter and issue directives for immediate laying of pipeline and restoration of water supply thereof.”
Meanwhile, Mohammad Shafi Dev, the concerned official at the PHE Department, told Kashmir Reader that there is no such place where the pipeline is yet to be laid.
He added, “I will talk to the people of the area. If the problem really exists, I will make immediate redress.”