Ensure Safe Drinking Water, Ganai to PHE, Visits Tangnaar Water Supply Scheme in Srinagar


Advisor to Governor, Khurshid Ganai Wednesday directed department of Public Health Engineering (PHE) to work tirelessly in proving clean and safe drinking water to public.

“Safe drinking water shouldn’t be a distant dream for residents of Kashmir,” Ganai told PHE officials during a review meeting of the department at Circuit House here in Srinagar.

The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer, PHE, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Executive Engineer, Bilal Rasool, SE, Hydrolic Circe Latief Ahmad Malik among other senior officers of the department.

“For keeping water sources safe and free from any contamination, people have to play their part more than the government,” he stressed.

He said that what was more important is that the Government, in collaboration with private enterprises, non-Government organisations, community leaders and villagers, work toward the preservation of the ecological systems, the flora and the fauna.

“We should have a mechanism wherein we invite people’s participation to de-pollute and clean the water bodies. There should also be an increase in the availability of pure water,” he said. “We have also to ensure safe, reliable, and affordable supply of drinking water that is necessary for health, productivity, and entire standard of living,” Ganai said.

He urged people to play their part in keeping water safe and sound.

“Safe drinking water is also possible because of the interventions of the public. They should be sanitized about their duties toward keeping water sources safe and clean,” he said. “It requires the efforts, and teamwork, of many people—including government officials, waters utility operators, and the public—to make it possible to maintain the confidence we have in the water from our taps,” he said.

Ganai said that people shouldn’t be left with no other option but to drink unprocessed water that, apart from containing impurities, also has traces of human and animal waste.

“This needs to change and we have to ensure safe drinking water for all,” he said.

Meanwhile the officials informed the Advisor that 10 MGD WSS Tangnar has been approved by CSMC, Mission Directorate (JnNURM) Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India, New Delhi on 23-11-2007 at a cost of Rs.148.37 crore. They informed that PHED has authorised to execute the project by J&K SUIDA. They said that the expected completion date for the water supply scheme by June 2016.

“River Jhelum is the source of the scheme. Pump stations & pre settling tanks located at Sempora. The scheme will cater to Water Supply Zone – V of Greater Srinagar,” Chief Engineer, PHE, Ghulam Muhammad Bhat said.

He said that the areas to be benefited by the water supply scheme would be through 2.65 MG Low Zone Service Reservoir. However the areas on the right bank of Jhelum are Panthachowk, Athwajan, Pandrethan, BB Cantt., Indranagar, Batwara, Shivpora, Iqbal Colony Sonwar, etc, while on the areas to be benefited by the scheme on the left bank of Jhelum are Summerbugh, Rakhi Shalina, Shalina, Kandizal, Sathoo, Golpora, Lasjan, Soiteng, Paadshahibagh, Nowgam, BonporaPaadshahibagh, Natipora (Partly), Budshahnagar, Faizabad, Gulshan Nagar, Bagh-i-Mehtab, Kanihama, Kanipora Kalidar, Chekpora, Gangipora, Pohroo, Wagoora, Sutsoo, Khanda, Baghat-i-Kanipora, Kralpora, Mochu, Chekpora Kralpora, Dangerpora, Sheikhpora, Kuthipora, Chatergam, Kuzwera, Bogam, Dooniwari, Balpora-Sheikhpora, Hanjigund, etc

He informed that through 0.68 MG High Zone Service Reservoir, areas including Zawoora, Zewan, Khanmoh, Zaffran Colony, Sempora, Noorani Colony, Frastbal, Sheikh-ul-alam Colony, Pampore, Baghinder, Meij, Konibal, Kongposh Colony, Baghizainab area, Balhama, Wuyan, Green colony, Dhrool, Khrew, Androosa, Sharshali, Kadlabal, Munapora, Chatlam, would be benefitted.

“Around 3 lakh population in Srinagar and other adjoining areas would be benefitted by the Tangnaar water supply scheme,” the official said. They said that the metering system for user charges to be introduced through the scheme.

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