Poonch Villages sans Drinking Water



Over half-a-dozen villages in Mendhar Tehsil of Poonch district are without water supply from over a month after cloud bursts in July damaged water supply schemes and pipes.

According to GNS, the villages of Mendhar Tehsil which include Chhatral, Kalaban, Chagun, Kasalbarai, Nadool, Bhatidar, Tapa as well as Balakote sector and Harni are facing severe scarcity of water supply.

The cloud bursts in July last month had damaged the existing water supply schemes and pipes and since then the officials have not repaired them, leave aside replacing. At that time, the Deputy Commissioner had promised to restore the water supply on fast track basis but nothing was done on ground.

The locals of these villages said that they are facing worst kind of problems due to scarcity of water but the government is doing nothing to provide relief to them.  The cloud bursts also damaged the pump stations.

The concerned Xen of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department said that they have sent a proposal costing Rs 1.50 Crore to DC Poonch and are awaiting his approval. “The supply would be restored once the money comes,” he said.

The DC Poonch, Nasir Ahmad Wani initially said that the water supply has been restored but later retracted and said: “Let the concerned officials send me representation and then money would be provided,” he said.

The AEE PHE Showkat Chowhdary said that they don’t have money for repairing or replacing the damaged pipes and water sheds. “Please convey this to government so that the supplies are resorted,” he said.

Meanwhile, at least eight persons were injured after bitten by stray dogs in Tral area of Pulwama district in south Kashmir on Monday.

The stray dog created havoc in Dadsara village of the Tral and mauled eight people including children. The injured persons were shifted to sub-district hospital Tral for treatment.

The injured persons have been identified as Madia ( 4 yrs ) , Haider Ali (25) , Arbeena (5), Gh Hassan (65) , Khatija ( 65) , Nasreena (17) , Zoona (55) and Rehmati (70) .

All the injured persons have been shifted to Sub District Hospital for treatment.

The residents of the area later managed to catch hold the rabid dog and killed him.

“The stray dogs have let loose a reign of terror in the area. The elderly and the children are the most vulnerable to attacks by canines. Even youth fear to move out of their houses after sunset,” a local resident said.

Accusing the municipal council of negligence, the residents asked the municipal council to take immediate steps to control the dog menace in the area.

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