“While listening to the grievances of public hailing from Upper Mankote area of sub-division Mendhar”, Mr Javed Ahmed Rana, Central Secretary JKNC, former Deputy Chairman Legislative Council and former MLA Mendhar, “lambasted at PHE Department for their sheer negligence and irresponsibility in restoring water in the said area, which is on the verge of becoming parched due to acute water scarcity”.
“Pertinent to mention here that this region is a drought hit area and as a result the life of the people has become very disturbed and miserable”, Mr Rana expressed with a grave concern. Mr Rana said “despite repeated requests by the local public of the area, the dilly-dallying approach of the concerned department has worsened the water scarcity problem day by day”. “This is totally un-ethical and only speaks about the mismanagement of water by the local district administration”, he added in a serious note. “As per the villagers, the people particularly, women and children have to trudge long distances to fetch drinking water for their household purposes”, Mr Rana added lamently. “People are angry, frustrated and can be seen jostling for whatever water is around”, Mr Rana conveyed. “There is an apprehension that protests might erupt in the area which can have detrimental consequences”, Mr Rana warned in a concerned way.
In a rhetoric way, Mr Rana said that “even after more than 70 years since Independence, water continues to remain an elusive commodity eluding scores of villages in Pir-Panjal region”. “Schemes to provide drinking water have been shelved because officials lack the will to implement them”, Mr Rana accused the concerned department. “Lack of sufficient borewells and poor condition of existing borewells has made the situation more pathetic & alarming”, Mr Rana added.
“Though the area is well equipped with the handpumps, but most of them have failed to provide adequate water, as the water table is going down”, Mr Rana expressed. “I am very much thankful & indebted to army who sensed the apathy of people and allocated water tankers to provide safe drinking water to people of this area”, Mr Rana said. Appreciating the role of Army, Mr Rana also urged that “army will continue the service till the water crisis is sorted out in the area”. “The concerned authorities should take a lesson from them and shun their dilly-dallying attitude”, Mr rana asserted. Taking a jibe, Mr Rana said “I am unable to understand whether concerned authorities are pretending to be unaware of this grave situation or deliberately waiting for the time when matter becomes worse”.
Highlighting some issues, Mr Rana said that “the area is already facing issues like unemployment & poverty, and critical issues like drinking water problem will further unleash unbridled miseries and disenchantment among people”. On a serious note, Mr Rana recommended that “proper implemention of water schemes, recharging underground water, repairing existing & unused water structures and above all appropriate precautionary measures by concerned authorities to meet the challenges are some of the ways which should be implemented to circumvent the problem of water crisis”.