19 tube wells be­come out of or­der; cit­i­zens fac­ing acute wa­ter shortage

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - AB­DUL KHALIQ QURESHI

ABBOTTABAD—Acute wa­ter shortage has been re­ported in Abbottabad city for the last few days and peo­ples are run­ning pil­lar to post for drop of wa­ter. The badly hit ar­eas are thickly-pop­u­lated ar­eas Up­per and Lower Ke­hal, Kunj Jadeed, Kunj Qadeem, Ma­likpura and main city lo­cal­i­ties while the mu­nic­i­pal au­thor­i­ties are silent on the one of ma­jor and im­por­tant is­sue and fails to make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments as all the 19 tube­wells are out of or­der and not in work­ing con­di­tion.

Cur­rently clean drink­ing wa­ter is sup­plied to Abbottabad Mu­nic­i­pal­ity Area through much pub­li­cized ‘Grav­ity Wa­ter Flow Scheme’ which was com­pleted by Pub­lic Health En­gi­neer­ing Depart­ment one year back with the to­tal cost of more then Rs4.6 bil­lion for which funds were pro­vided by Ja­panese Govern­ment and scheme was com­pleted through Ja­pan International Co­op­er­a­tion Agency (JICA).

Due to faulty de­sign of scheme, the funds are look­ing to be wasted as the wa­ter shortage prob­lem is not solved in the city and cit­i­zens are be­ing crushed in tug of war be­tween two de­part­ments, the Pub­lic Health and TMA who both are throw­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity on each other. The main rea­son of wa­ter shortage is due to clo­sure of wa­ter source from where clean drink­ing wa­ter is tapped as when­ever there is rain in Abbottabad, there is no wa­ter and now it is re­ported by the Amna Wa­heed, SDO Pub­lic Health that due to rise in tem­per­a­ture in the area, sources dried up and not enough wa­ter is avail­able to be stored and later to be re­leased to Abbottabad city while on the other side, TMA who is the tax and bills col­lect­ing depart­ment from cit­i­zens is do­ing noth­ing to solve the prob­lem.

It has been learnt that Pub­lic Health and TMA de­part­ments are in tug of war on some of tech­ni­cal and ad­min­is­tra­tive mat­ters, which ul­ti­mately suf­fer­ing the gen­eral pub­lic. Pre­vi­ously, Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee was pro­vid­ing wa­ter to city through tube­wells and now all tube wells are ei­ther out of or­der or kept aban­don by the MC and has no al­ter­na­tive source in case of emer­gency told by one of wa­ter sup­ply staff mem­ber at main stor­age tank.

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