10 yrs on, filtration plant a distant dream

PHE LEAVES MACHINERY WORTH CRORES TO RUST

Barzula (Bandipora), Jan 14: Even after a decade, authorities have failed to install the equipments in the filtration plant here in north Kashmir.
 Water supply scheme in Barzulla Bandipora was inaugurated in 2001 by the then MLA of the town but it has not been completed even after a decade.
 Although in 2001 Public Health Engineering Department claimed that it spent more than Rs 85 lakhs  to make the scheme successful, however a decade later the department has disowned the scheme.
 Both Public Health Engineering (PHE) civil and its Mechanical wing disowned the plant and put blame on each other.
 In 2006 the department procured equipments worth crores for installation in the filtration plant. However till date they are lying in open to rust.
 The filtration plant was expected to provide drinking water to about twenty villages of the district and has the capacity of benefiting 40000 souls. However the villagers are forced to drink water from open source of Zainageer stream.
 Residents said they worked voluntarily with the department during the construction of the scheme with a hope that the long pending water starvation may end. “However the department fled leaving behind the machines worth crores,” said a villager.
 Giving reasons of failure of the filtration plant, an official said shortage of required manpower and technicians was the only hurdle for installing the machinery.
 While clearing the confusion regarding the ownership of the scheme, Deputy Commissioner recently said the filtration plant belongs to the PHE department. “There were complaints against 14 such schemes in the town due to which funds were stopped,” he said. “I have sent the inquiry report to the government. We expect that funds will be released soon to start the scheme again”.

Reports compiled by
SUHAIL AJMAL

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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