Malshahi Bagh canal breach: Over 2 lakh people suffer in silence
Srinagar, Feb 16:
Over two lakh people continue to suffer in silence as the government has failed
to fix the Malshahi Bagh water canal breach even after two months have passed.
canal, which is the main source of water to various treatment plants including
Rangil, Alesteng, Hadoora, Shuhama, and Bakoora, caters to over two lakh
population in the Srinagar outskirts. The canal developed a breach in the first
week of December.
Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan had directed concerned
engineers to expedite restoration work on Malshahi- Bagh canal before February
An official of
the Public Health Engineer Department (PHE) said that the department had
bypassed the breach portion, but the water flow is not good enough to cater to
a huge population.
“We have laid
four pipes to bypass the breach. However, those are not able to supply
sufficient water,” he said.
The areas facing
water shortage include Elahi Bagh, Gulab Bagh, Soura, Anchar, Nowshera, Lal
Bazar, Alasteng, Shuhama, Habak, Zukra, Batpora, Hazratbal, Kashmir University,
National Institute of Technology (NIT), Saderbal, Saida Kadal and many areas of
the old city.
“For the last two
months, we are facing acute water supply shortage. We have to take turns to
store water in tanks and use it for daily chores,” said Parveena Akhtar, a
resident of Elahi Bagh.
Irrigation and Flood Control Department MM Shahnawaz told The Kashmir Monitor
that they have consulted designers from NIT for new design.
“We have to frame
a new proposal for permanent restoration, which will take time. Approximately
it will take at least more than one month. But PHE department is going to lay
another 1200 mm pipe to meet the requirement,” he said.