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