Restore defunct Water Supply Schemes in Poonch: Dr Shazad

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Sept 26:The Jammu and Kashmir Border Area Development Conference(JKBADC), a registered organization working for the welfare of residents of border areas of J&K have urged the Government to revive all the Water Supply Schemes in district Poonch that are lying defunct for years together.
The organization alleged that over 50 percent of the Water Supply Schemes in the border district are either totally defunct or partially operational causing huge inconvenience  to the people whereas, millions of rupees had already been spent for raising infrastructure for these schemes.
Dr Shazad Ahmed Malik, Chairman of JK-BADC and former Vice Chancellor alleged that senior office of the Jal Shakti Department/PHE do not make on spot inspections of the sites and issue orders on papers whereas, junior officers do not give proper feed back to them and ultimately poor people suffer despite huge funding by the Government of India.
Dr Malik also urged the Lieutenant Governor of J&K UT, Manoj Sinha to depute a joint team of technical officers of different departments in district Poonch and especially in three blocks under the Sub Division Mendhar including Balakote, Mankote and Mendhar to access the losses  and recommend the measures to restore the non- functional and partially operational WSSs to their full capacity to provide a sigh of relief to the residents of the border area.
The former VC asked the Jal Shakti department to issue white paper on the so far expenditure and progress made under Jal Jeevan Mission in district Poonch which is a Central Government flagship water supply programme.