Water Scarcity Grips Jammu and Kashmir Amidst Prolonged Dry Spell


SRINAGAR: The prolonged dry spell in Jammu & Kashmir has prompted complaints of water scarcity in certain areas, as the water levels in local water bodies have dwindled due to the deficit rainfall experienced in the Union Territory over the past two months.

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According to the news agency KNO, Jammu & Kashmir has recorded a 12 percent deficit in rainfall during the current season from July 1, 2023 to September 13, 2023.

The water levels in almost all water bodies, particularly in the Jhelum River, Doodh Ganga, and other tributaries, have decreased.

Reports indicate that water scarcity has affected multiple areas due to the persistent dry spell. Residents have voiced their concerns, noting that they have not received adequate water supply for several days, impacting their daily lives.

Even the government has acknowledged the receipt of complaints about water scarcity in certain regions.

In Charge Chief Engineer of the Jal Shakti department, Sanjeev Malhotra, informed KNO that, while there hasn’t been a major impact due to the prevailing weather conditions, the department is proactively addressing the situation.

“Whenever complaints of water scarcity are received, the department promptly dispatches water tankers to the affected areas to address the grievances,” Malhotra said.

He also emphasised that water scarcity during a dry spell is a natural consequence, as water supply relies on its availability.

The Chief Engineer further expressed optimism about the present weather conditions, anticipating an end to the temporary situation soon.

Previously, Chief Engineer of the Irrigation and Flood Control (I&FC) department, Naresh Kumar, had informed KNO that the current weather conditions had a 25 percent impact on the lift irrigation spots.


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