WATER CRISIS: PHE exhibit careless approach, allege Rajouri town residents

Problem due to change in course of river due to road work: Ex-En PHE

Sumit Bhargav
Rajouri, Publish Date: May 18 2018 12:25AM | Updated Date: May 18 2018 12:25AM
WATER CRISIS: PHE exhibit careless approach, allege Rajouri town residentsFile Photo

While the summer season has already started to affect people, water crisis in a number of localities in the old town area has increased the woes of the masses.

As per people living in a number of localities of old Rajouri town, including Tehsil Mohallan, Nabban Mohallan, City Chowk and 36 Street, there has been severe water crisis since the last couple of months. "We all are suffering due to water scarcity and life seems to have come to a standstill. This is a cause of worry in the summer season,” locals said.

They informed that in the last few months, the water supply by PHE has witnessed a sharp decline and they only receive about one-fourth of the original supply. "It is impossible for us to put our agony into words,” they exclaimed.

While expressing anger against the PHE department, the locals alleged that although the lower ranked officials can be seen working, the higher officials seem to be least bothered as they hardly ever visit us.

"We have come to know that there is some problem in the dug-well of the area and it has been prevailing since months, but the department has failed to rectify the fault," the locals complained, adding that they narrated the issue to the Ex-En PHE, AEE PHE and other senior officers several times, but the “officers just give fake assurances.”

Leveling allegations of careless approach against the department, the locals said that some influential people have managed extra connections and also use heavy power water motors directly on pipes. "This is the situation of the district headquarter town. One can only imagine the state in rural belts," they said.

Meanwhile, the Public Health Engineering department termed a government project, construction of road in the area, as the reason behind the water crisis. "Due to construction of a circular road, the course of river has changed and the discharge of the dug-well has considerably decreased,resulting in shortage of water in the tehsil area," a statement by the Ex-En PHE Rajouri read.

"Moreover, the pipes were also damaged during construction of road work, which stand restored, and a JCB has been deployed for changing the course of river which shall be restored in the next couple of days," the statement further read.


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