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Phangial pond dying slow death, authorities unconcerned
1/13/2020 9:33:50 PM
ASHWANI SHARMA
Ealry Times Report
UDHAMPUR, Jan 13: No matter how much the level of water scarcity is growing with each passing day, several water bodies in district Udhampur are not only in pathetic condition but some are even encroached upon by the land grabbers and converted into personal property. However, Udhampur administration has failed to ensure proper maintenance as well as their protection.
One such glaring example of official apathy is Phangial pond at village Phangial about 3 kms from Udhampur town as the natural water body is in dilapidated condition. Dirt, garbage, and thick bushes around the water body gives a shabby look to the water body and even harmful for cattle who drink water from there.
While it is not also fit for any other purpose as over 150 households use water of this pond for cleaning and washing purposes.
A local residential of Phangial said that a concrete layer all around inside the water body with concrete stairs is a long pending demand of the locals which despite several assurances has not yet been fulfilled.
He also said that bushes around the water body should be cleared at first and then construction work should be started so that the village also gets a facelift along with facility of water from this pond.
Some locals also said that the authorities concerned should make such a system that maximum of the rain water gets stored in the pond.
The villagers on their own have also started a campaign to make people aware about the importance of cleanliness of the water body. However, the authorities as well as district administration concerned have not even installed a board or hoarding near the water body for educating people about cleanliness.
Experts opine that if the maintenance of the water body is not properly done then its water may become infected or poisonous.
Locals appealed to the Lieutenant Governor to look into the matter personally and ask the Deputy Commissioner Udhampur to instruct the concerned authorities to start the construction work of pond and maintain it properly.
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