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Bani people discard PHE minister's statement on drilled pumps, people still seek drop of water
1/11/2017 10:05:42 PM
Arun Trisal
Early Times Report
Bani, Jan 11: Day after Minister for PHE Irrigation and Flood Control Sham Lal Choudhary informed about the 370 mark-II deep drilled hand pump which according to him are being installed in Jammu Province to overcome the shortage in water stressed areas, a large number from tehsil Bani came on road against PHE minister and pointed out his statement and considered it to mislead the assembly houses.
Chairperson Gatti Panchayat Abdul Qyaoom Butt said that despite of repairing defunct dig pumps at Bani tehsil especially near mosques and temples, the minister made announcement for new dig pumps in selected districts while ignoring tehsil Bani.
Butt said," There are number of defunct pumps in tehsil Bani wherein government spent large amount on installation on installation of drilled hand pumps but nothing has been done at ground level and people still lust for a drop of water."
Bani people sought special attention of PHE minister at Bani and demanded to repair defunct hand pumps in entire Bani tehsil.
Butt informed that DDC Kathua during his visit in mountainous tehsil ensured to restore water supply and repair defunct pumps but his assurance also appeared to be faded up.
PHE officials admitted that 80% dig hand pump had been not in working position that triggered scarcity of drinking water supply in areas where PHE supply can't be available.
The Minister further informed the house that government has initiated awareness campaign through "Community & Capacity Development Unit"(CCDU) to educate the people about the importance of water conservation.
Barnoti and Hariachak people who have to drink polluted water informed that no such organisation approached any area of district Kathua for collecting samples to draw out remedial measures even PHE and Health department have knowledge about polluted water but nobody came forward to provide pure water supply.
Barnoti and Hariachak people who fell sick appealed Chief Minister to nullify minister's statement and instructed him to work at ground level than mislead the houses in J&K assembly.
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