Official apathy adds to Jhelum pollution in Baramulla
Makeshift bridge causes accumulation of filth, carcasses
Baramulla, Nov 24: The alleged failure of the Roads and Buildings Department to dismantle the pontoon bridge constructed on Jhelum here has choked the water body with all the filth and carcasses of dead animals getting accumulated near the supporting pillars.
“Few years back, the R&B department constructed a pontoon bridge as an alternative to the under construction Azad Gunj Bridge, but even after the completion of the Azad Gunj Bridge, the department is in no mood to dismantle the pontoon bridge due to which all the filth, caresses of dead animals have accumulated near the pillars thereby polluting the river,” the locals told Greater Kashmir.
“Due to the accumulation of pollutants, the water has got stagnant near the District Hospital Baramulla,” the locals said.
“Already the untreated sewage of the town flows directly into the river and now the smooth flow of the water has been affected due to the accumulation of all the filth near the bridge. There is every possibility that it will lead to the major health problem in the town as Jhelum is the only source of drinking water” Shahid Rasool, an expert in environmental science said.
“On an average 20,000 gallons of water is being lifted everyday from the river by the department of Public Health and Engineering which is then being supplied to the people in town for drinking purposes. The PHE department too has expressed their concern over the pollution of the Jhelum,” the locals added.
“We too are concerned and have asked the Executive Engineer R&B department to dismantle the pontoon bridge, which is not in use now,” said the Executive Engineer PHE Department Baramulla.
When contacted the officials of the R&B department said the delay in the dismantling of the pontoon bridge was due to its requirement in Sopur and claimed that it would be dismantled soon.
“We will dismantle it soon and it will be shifted in parts to Sopure, were it is required” said the Executive Engineer R&B Baramulla Riyaz Ahmad Parrey.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Nov 2010 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Nov 2010 00:00:00 IST
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