Pipe damage: Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink!
Srinagar, Jan 15:
Call it a double whammy; Srinagar is facing acute shortage of drinking water
amid heavy snowfall.
Water supply was
cut off to many areas after 700 MM water pipe was damaged near Awanta Bhawan at
90 feet road on Monday. The pipe was
catering to HMT, Batamaloo, Aluchi bagh, Qamerwari, Bemina, Safa Kadal, Karan
Nagar, Shereen Bagh, Sakidafar, Eidgah and Nawa Kadal.
Azhar Beigh, a
resident of Batamaloo told The Kashmir Monitor that they face immense water
shortage every year because the pipes are very old.
increased so has the demand for water. But the infrastructure remains the same.
It breaks down every year affecting water distribution and leading to
shortage”, he said
Mohammad Shafi, a
resident of Karan Nagar said Kashmir is witnessing harsh winter and the
unavailability of water has added to the woes of people. “Many people missed
their prayers due to non-availability of water in the mosques and households”,
resident of Bemina said taps are running dry in their colony for the last few
days. “It is very difficult to manage the routine without water. I did not
sleep whole night waiting for water to store. In these freezing days we are
made to suffer,” she said
Chief Engineer of
Public Health Engineering, Kashmir, Abdul Wahid told The Kashmir Monitor that
water supply was cut off for one day as 700 MM water pipe was damaged at 90
feet road Soura.
“We have fixed
the damage pipe on the very day but it takes time to refill water. It will take
one or two days to completely restore the water supply,” he said.
Wahid said if
there is water shortage in any area, people can contact the control room for
mobile water tankers. “People can contact us on these numbers – 01942452047,
2477207– in case of shortage,” he said.