Amid dry spell, PHE deptt to focus on water storage


Amid continuous dry spell, chief engineer Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has asked concerned officials to ensure lifting and storage of water till late hours to avoid water crisis in the summer capital. 
The communication (PHE/Wks/ 57365/91 dated 8 February 2018) sent by chief engineer PHE Abdul Wahid states that (PHE) civil divisions are facing public anger as a result of inadequate water supply in various areas.
The official communication addressed to mechanical superintending engineers of south and north zones states that “It has been reported and observed that the staff posted at lift water supply schemes are leaving the station at 4 pm and no lifting of water is done during late hours.”
 “You are therefore requested to gear up your field machinery and have the lifting of water done even during late hours, so that, proper storage of water is ensured. This has become necessary because of scarcity of surface water due to continuous dry spell prevailing in the valley,” it reads.
The chief engineer has also sought scheme-wise feedback from the officials. However, most of the employees engaged in PHE have expressed resentment against the communication shot by chief engineer to south and north zones. They said that employees are already working till late hours.
“We are ready to ensure public don’t face any convenience due to long dry spell. We are working at both mechanical and civil divisions. Instead of encouraging, PHE top brass has questioned our interegity,” said Sajad Ahmad Parray, chairman, Kashmir PHE joint employees association.
He claimed that staff posted at mechanical divisions is working till late evening and even during night.
“Despite having no facility of rest rooms, bathrooms and heating system, the staff is working during night hours also to ensure sufficient water is lifted and stored.” he said.
To mention, Kashmir is reeling under one of its worst dry spells. In view of continuous dry spell, authorities have started the process to formulate drought plan for this year.

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