6 yrs on, Balhama water filtration plant yet to be commissioned

Kupwara: Despite passing of nearly six years after a water filtration plant was constructed at Balhama here the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has failed to make it functional.
 The inordinate delay in commissioning of the filtration plant has caused immense inconvenience to the inhabitants who are forced to consume unfiltered water.
 The Slow Sand Filtration Plant was constructed in 2006 by the PHE division Kupwara with an estimated cost of two crore rupees. The Plant was designed to provide potable drinking water to over 20 villages including Balhama, Behramdari, Tratizub, Bungam, Mirwayan, Goonipora, Khanpora, Zadipora, Chalgund, Gundisana, and Halmatpora.
 “Even after passing of seven years, the PHE department has failed make the plant functional. We are forced to consume contaminated water. This has taken a heavy toll on our health. We demand action against the concerned PHE officials who have failed to commission the plant,” the aggrieved residents said. 
 Ironically some people use the plant for drying maize and paddy, they said.
 When contacted Executive Engineer PHE Division Kupwara Reyaz Ahmad Wani passed the buck on owner of the land where the plant has been constructed.
 “The land owner is not allowing us to commission the plant. He has been demanding a job in lieu of land which he donated for the plant. I have taken up the matter with the Chief Engineer PHE. Hopefully the plant would start function within a month,” he added.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 8 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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