Srinagar, June 14
Amid the scorching heat, residents of various parts of Jammu and Kashmir are experiencing an acute shortage of drinking water.
They have accused the authorities concerned of being indifferent to their problems amid scorching heat and in the month of Ramdhan.
“When I opened the tap to perform ablution after Sehri (predawn meals) there was not a drop of water,” said Mohammad Sharif, a resident of Nowshera.
He said most of the inhabitants were using water motors during the night hours to get some water.
Before the beginning of the Ramdhan, government had claimed that they would ensure proper electricity and drinking water supply during this month.
“Things have gone from bad to the worse in Ramdhan. We get tap water only for few hours in a day,” said Ashfaq Ahmad, a resident of Poonch.
Several areas of Rajouri are also facing a shortage of tap water. “No one is concerned to provide relief to people amid the scorching heat,” he said.
Water taps in several rural, semi-rural and urban areas have gone dry in district Jammu, Kathua, Samba thus putting to severe hardship to the commoners.
In Srinagar too, the Lal Chowk, which is the heart of Srinagar city, is also facing acute shortage of tap water. Residents and shopkeepers of Abi Guzar, Residency Road said that they were facing shortage of tap water for the last two days.
“I had to go to Poloview to perform ablution there,” a shopkeeper at the Residency Road said. “We brought water bottles from a local shopkeeper for breaking fast on Wednesday,” he said.
The southern areas of the Srinagar city, which get the supply from the Doodh Ganga plant, are also facing the intense shortage of tap water.
“Most of times, the taps are running dry. We brought into the notice of concerned officials many a days but nobody is paying heed to our repeated pleas,” said Javeed Ahmad, a resident of Natipora.
“We are forced to consume the contaminated water that is being fetched from contaminated sources from other areas,” he said.
The residents of old city Srinagar also complained the scarcity of drinking water in the area.
Similar complaints are pouring in from various parts of south and north Kashmir where people said they are forced to fetch water from streams and consume contaminated water. “We rarely get tap water for the last few days. We are not able to perform the ablution due to lack of tap water,” said Ghulam Mohammad, a resident of Palhalan Pattan. He said women folk had to fetch water from the nearby areas.
An official of the Public Health Engineering Department said that they have launched a drive to seize water motors. “There is water shortage but the situation has turned worse due to use of water motors,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chief Engineer, PHE, Kashmir, Abdul Wahid, said, “People should not waste the tap water. If they use water judiciously, there will be no shortage of water.”