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Misuse of water: Three-year imprisonment, Rs 10,000 fine for erring consumer

June 5, 2024
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Srinagar: Authorities in the Jal Shakti Department announced on Wednesday that individuals misusing water supply will face up to three years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 10,000.

Executive Engineer of Jal Shakti Ganderbal, Er Samiullah Beigh said while there is no water scarcity in the district, complaints have been received regarding the use of drinking water for irrigation, car washing, house cleaning, and other non-essential purposes.

“I have met the officials of Ganderbal, who emphasized that strict action must be taken against those misusing water,” Beigh said, urging residents to avoid using drinking water for non-domestic purposes.

He warned that individuals using water boosters and motors on supply lines would face a fine of Rs 10,000 and a three-year jail term. Additionally, using plastic pipes will result in a Rs 5,000 fine and one year of imprisonment.

To enforce these regulations, a squad comprising officials from the Police, including both male and female officers, and the Jal Shakti Department has been established.

This squad will conduct random checks on households. “Attaching a motor directly to the main water supply line is a serious offense. Any household found engaging in such activities will face strict legal action without exemption or pardon,” Beigh warned.

Last week, the Jal Shakti Department, Kashmir issued an advisory for judicious use of potable water.

The department has warned to impose penalties against defaulters.    “It is to inform all the residents of Kashmir Valley about the need for judicious use of potable water. Given the importance of conserving our water resources, the following guidelines must be strictly adhered to: Residents are strictly prohibited from using potable water for watering kitchen gardens, lawns, or any other irrigation purposes. Alternative water sources, such as rainwater, should be utilized for these purposes. The use of potable water for washing vehicles is not permitted. Residents should opt for using recycled water or non-potable water sources for washing their vehicles. Installation of water-efficient appliances and fixtures is encouraged,” the advisory said

It added that the failure to comply with these guidelines will result in strict action as warranted under the Water Resources (Regulation and Management) Act.

“Penalties will be imposed on defaulters as per the provisions of the law. Your cooperation is vital in ensuring the sustainable management of our water resources,” the Jal Shakti Department added.

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