Ramban town and its outskirts are reeling under severe water crisis as dozens of hand pumps – a main source of water in most of the areas, have become defunct due to proper maintenance and timely service.
Residents allege that all the hand pumps installed by ground water division are dysfunctional for last more than six months. "The concerned agencies are passing buck from despite repeated complaints by the people" they claimed.
According to the locals, "There is acute shortage of potable drinking water. These water pumps were catering to a major chunk of inhabitants and floating population."
They said that when the matter was brought to the notice of PHE engineers they express their inability to rectify the snags.
Every time when the matter was raised, the PHE department functionaries put excuse of lack of funds for repairs, said a local leader.
"We appeal to District Development Commissioner to intervene as people including those coming from rural areas are suffering badly due to shortage of drinking water. There is no sufficient supply and storage capacity for supplying potable drinking water in the town. These hands pumps were greatly compensating the shortage of to tap water Supply" he added.