DRINKING WATER CRISIS HITS KATOO BIJBEHARA

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Bijbehara, Feb 19: Situated on an elevated topography, Katoo village hardly five kilometers away from its Tehsil headquarters of Bijbehara is reeling under acute water crisis due to absence of a water supply scheme.
 The residents of this south Kashmir hamlet have been clamorous over years for safe drinking water, but they were never heeded and the water scarcity continues to haunt them.
 “In 21 century when world takes pride in highlighting the achievements of Science & Technology and crows the ease to humans, our village has no drinking water and the whole population is vulnerable to various water borne diseases,” Bashir of Tarray of Katoo told Greater Kashmir.
 Though years back, Katoo village was connected to Nowshera Gangrad water supply scheme, the water could not reach the village due to its consumption by two huge populations of Mahind and Kushroy Kalan, which are also fed by the same scheme.
 With the taps running dry, the residents of Katoo are forced to fetch unsafe drinking water from a tributary of Lidder Nallah passing through the periphery of the village, half a kilometer away.
 Sans a dispensary, the inhabitants of Katoo have to undergo a great deal of tribulation for the healthcare and have to rush to Sub-district hospital at Bijbehara for the treatment, at times the patients give in to death while being rushed to the health center.
 The residents of this village harbour a gall against the government for poor supply of electric current. “The 16 hour long curtailment deserves only reproaches for the Power Development Department as its officials act very tough while realizing the tariff, but have only a slim interest in providing uninterrupted electricity to the consumers,” the residents said.
 They said that a number of poles under RJVY were installed in the village almost two years past, but the transformer was not installed so far, aggravating the power problem of the village. “As the transformer could not reach the village, the poles installed for this purpose have fallen on ground,” the residents added.
HASSAN NOOR SANS TRANSFORMER   
 With hardly four Kilometers away from Aishmuqam township, within the compass of Pahalgam Tehsil headquarters, Hassan Noor village has the saddest power history to script as it has no transformer of its own.
 With a population of 1500 hundred souls, Hassan Noor has 250 households and the village until recently was taking power from a 63 KV transformer of an adjacent village, Chanderigam.
 The residents of Chanderigam had agreed to share the transformer after the elders of the two villages had reached a consensus that they will share it for the power distribution.
 Due to the extra load, the 63 KV transformer at Chanderigam was damaged and the two villages have got deprived of the electricity now.
 “Because of our problem of having no transformer, we pushed the residents of Chanderigam into a big problem and the residents of that village have decided not give us connection from their transformer now after they get it repaired,” said Mushtaq Ahmad of Hassan Noor.
 The residents said that despite the fact that they requested the MLA and MLC time and again for the transformer, but all in vain. The repeated requests to the concerned officials also yielded no results, they added.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 19 Feb 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 19 Feb 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 20 Feb 2012 00:00:00 IST




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