PHE deptt sits over Achan water scheme
Inhabitants forced to drink contaminated water
Pulwama: The inhabitants of Achan village here are up with arms against the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for resorting to dilly-dallying tactics in construction of a water scheme for the area.
The inhabitants said due to delay in commissioning of the scheme they face acute shortage of drinking water. In absence of any alternative, the inhabitants are forced to drink contaminated water of Nala Rambi Ara.
They said to resolve the problem of water shortage in the village, the water scheme was approved by the PHE in 2009. Estimated at rupees one crore, the water scheme was to be constructed at Achan. The PHE was entrusted the job of constructing a water reservoir for the scheme. “Despite passing of nearly three years, the scheme is yet to be completed.
“Majority of funds for the scheme have already been spent on unknown works. There seems to be large-scale embezzlement of funds for the scheme. Ironically, two other schemes which were approved on the same date have been completed,” sources said.
The inhabitants said due to inordinate delay in completion of the scheme, they are suffering with many ailments. “By drinking contaminated water people especially children suffer with jaundice and other water borne diseases,” they said.
They said the PHE department presently supplies water from a tube well of SIDCO. “But it cannot cater to our needs. We many times approached the department to start work on the water scheme but our requests met with deaf ears,” they said.
When contacted the Minister for PHE and Irrigation, Taj Mohi-ud-din, assured to expedite work on the scheme.
“We have partially covered Achan village by means of raw water. However I will ascertain the reasons for inordinate delay in digging up of bore wells in the village,” Taj said.
While responding to a query on alleged embezzlement of funds, the Minister said, “I will look into the matter and take stern action if any official is found involved”.
Reports compiled by SHOWKAT DAR
Lastupdate on : Fri, 14 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
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