Councilors protest against water scarcity

Councilors protesting against PHE Department at Samba on Friday. — Excelsior/Badyal
Councilors protesting against PHE Department at Samba on Friday. — Excelsior/Badyal

Excelsior Correspondent

SAMBA, Aug 7: People are very upset due to the increasing drinking water shortage in the Samba town as they do not get drinking water for many days. But even after informing the department again and again, the problem of drinking water in Samba has become alarming as concerned authorities have failed to look into it. The local people are wandering around for water and are cursing the administration and the department.
To protest against the water scarcity a demonstration was led by Councillor Raj Singh, who said that the Department of Jal Shakti is unable to provide water to the people of Samba. The supply of drinking water in Samba city is being made after seven days and the condition of the villages is worse.
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Councillors said that water scarcity has been caused in the area due to poor functioning of the officials of the Jal Shakti Department. Departmental officers take information about water on the phone and do not pay a visit to their station and even do not think it appropriate to pick up the phone of the people, who call them from time to time to apprise them of water scarcity being faced by them. In case officers pick up the phone they pass the bucks to the Mechanical Department and blame it for the problem. There is anger among the people and the councillors have warned that if the supply of water is not smooth soon, then the people will sit on the dharna outside the Jal Shakti Department.
The AEE of the department when contacted said that the problem takes place due to power cut and malfunctioning of the tube well motor. If the water supply motor installed in the tube well is in good condition and there is no power cut then the water supply will be smooth. He said that motor has developed a snag due to which there is a problem in water supply.
Councillor Maheshwar Kumar, Councilor Narinder Singh, Councilor Indu Jamwal, Councilor Rajni Sambyal and Councilor Uttam Chand, Kulveer Singh, Ajay Singh were also present in the demonstration.