Srinagar without Water in Ramzan; People Suffer

Heena Muzzafar

SRINAGAR

Women protesting against the water scarcity near Naaz Cinema. (KL file Image: Bilal Bahadur)
Women protesting against the water scarcity near Naaz Cinema. (KL file Image: Bilal Bahadur)

Putting people to utmost problems during holy month of Ramzan, when temperatures are extremely hot and days longer, the summer capital is facing the water crises.

Since last two days, major of Srinagar parts have been facing severe water crisis.

People of the area showing resentment said that it was difficult to manage without water during the holy month.

“All of a sudden, all the taps at our home dried up,” said Mohammad Shafi of Nawakadal. “I went outside to enquire about snapping of water and to my surprise all the neighbours were on the road, discussing the same matter.”

While people of Downtown were on roads at Iftaar last evening, people from Uptown Srinagar are facing the same problem. “It’s since Tuesday noon we are facing the water crises in the area,” Mohammad Yousuf, a resident of Barzulla told Kashmir Life. “It is unfortunate that Muslim citizens of Valley are being suffered in the holy month when government should have made extra measures.”

When Kashmir Life took this matter to Deputy Commissioner Srinagar last late evening, he said, “there is a breakage of main water supply at Aiwa Bridge (Saidapora) near SKIMS Soura.”

He said that PHE employees were on job and “would it would require them around four hours to finish the work”. The water pipe supplies water to majority of Old Srinagar areas.

“Yes, at Sehri water started flowing through taps but for some minutes only,” an Old Srinagar resident said.

However, the reason of water crisis in Uptown Srinagar is not known as of now.

People of the city while demanding the reason said that water crises in the Valley that is enriched with water resources shows the failure of the authorities.

Meanwhile, Minister for PHE, Irrigation and Flood Control, Sham Choudhary informed Lower House of J&K Legislature on Wednesday that the damaged supply pipes of Rangil Water Supply Scheme would be repaired today so that water supply is restored to the affected areas of Srinagar city.

The Minister was responding to the issue raised by Mubarak Gul, an official spokesperson said this evening.

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