Inadequate wells, tanks as water crises hits Jammu

Proposal for capacity increase with ERA awaiting ADB funds

ARVIND SHARMA
Jammu, Publish Date: May 27 2018 12:25AM | Updated Date: May 27 2018 12:25AM
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The state’s winter capital is reeling under an unprecedented water shortage as the city’s tube wells and filtration plants supply much less than its daily requirement. 

Three filtration plants and 262 tube wells servicing the city supply 25 percent less than its daily needs. 

Official sources say the government has moved a proposal to the state’s Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA) for building 49 new tube wells and overhead tanks (OHTs) for storage and supply of more water to residents of Jammu.

“We have submitted a proposal of Rs 295 crore to ERA and the project will be funded be Asian Development Bank (ADB),” Chief Engineer, PHE, Ashok Gandotra told Greater Kashmir.

A team of ADB is likely to visit Jammu in June to identify areas for constructing tube wells and OHTs, official said. 

Jammu city needs 65 million gallons of water every day against the 50 available. 

Officials say the shortfall is caused by far too less tube wells than needed, inadequate OHT for storage and lack of backup in case of power failure.

The water crisis worsens in summers as there is no immediate alternative available with the department to meet increasing water needs.

Areas like Bathindi, Sunjwan, Narwal, Chinore, Sainik Colony, Roop Nagar, Keran, parts of Janipur, Sidhra and others are the worst affected due to the prevailing crisis.

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