Malshai Bagh canal breach:Two lakh people suffer as taps run dry in Srinagar parts
Srinagar, Dec 23:
For the last three weeks, more than two lakh people are without water supply as
government has failed to fix the breach in Malshai Bagh canal in Central Kashmir’s
canal, which supplies water to three treatment plants– Rangil, Shuhama and
Alasteng — caters to over two lakh population in the Srinagar outskirts. The
water canal developed breach in the first week of December. Three weeks on,
breach is yet to be fixed.
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 others.
Abdul Rashid, a
45 year old resident of Habak, said their taps are running dry, but nobody in
the government seems bothered. “We have purchased mineral water canes from
market for drinking purposes. The water tankers provided by the government are
not sufficient,” he said.
An official in
Kashmir University said the varsity has run out of the water supply. “We are
pumping water from bore wells but it is not feasible for drinking. We have even
developed rashes on our hands,” he said
Irrigation and Flood Control Department, MM Shahnawaz said there is a major
breach in the Malshai Bagh canal. “The restoration of the canal will take at
least two months,” he said
He said Public
Health Engineering (PHE) department is making alternate arrangements to provide
water supply to the general public. “They have placed new water pipes adjoining
to the canal to bypass breach portion. Water supply is being made available by
PHE,” he said.
Commissioner, Ganderbal, Hashmat Ali Khan said there is no major problem in his
district. However, he said work on Malshai Bagh canal is going on. “We are
trying to restore it as soon as possible,” he added.
to contact Chief Engineer, PHE, Abdul Wahid did not yield any result as he did
not take the calls.