Samba town reels under acute water scarcity

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 8: Entire Samba town has been reeling under acute shortage of drinking water for the last about two-three weeks.
The aggrieved residents from various wards of the main town including Wards 6, 7, 8, Chohata, Main Bazaar approached the District Administration, Samba alleging that due to snapping of water supply to the entire town for the last few weeks, the general public was suffering badly. They alleged that the concerned Jal Shakti /PHE officials including Executive Engineer, AEE, AEs or other officials are hardly available to listen to the public. They deliberately avoid to face the public deputations.
Irrespective of any party affiliation, these members pointed out that the concerned officials are when contacted on phone, make excuses regarding power failure, strike of workers, non-availability of water at the Pumping Station etc. They pass on the buck to the Mechanical wing some times. The PHE Division Samba even failed to make alternate water supply arrangements through water tankers. The public is badly suffering for even a bucket of drinking water during these summer days. The public stands/ taps/ water tankies at the main Samba Market, hospitals, court, revenue complex, public offices, educational institutions have gone dry.
They said although there is strike of PHE daily wagers, but there are many permanent employees with the department. They should be made to perform their duty. The senior supervisory officials have failed to monitor the supply work. The supply system appears to have derailed.
They urged upon the DC and ADDC Samba to issue directions to the concerned PHE staff at Samba for resumption of essential supply to the suffering public, otherwise, people will be forced to come out on the highway and block it for hours.