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Water tank at Tain non-functional for 5 yrs
8/11/2020 12:17:27 AM
M S NAZKI
EARLY TIMES REPORT

POONCH, Aug 10: The people from Tain area and its vicinity near Mankote village of Mendhar Sub-Division in Poonch district are extremely affected due to the neglect of the Public Health Engineering/ Jal Shakti Department in the border area of Mendhar.
Residents of the area said that five years ago, a water tank was constructed by the PHE Department under a `PHE Scheme’, claiming that population of over 100 souls will be provided water, which will remove the sufferings of the people, but the reality on the ground is something else.
The water tank was constructed but till date, the supply of water could not be made available to the public, due to sheer negligence of PHE Division, Poonch.
The villagers accused the PHE Department officials of misusing the funds of the Govt Scheme of this border area. They alleged that public of the area has been deprived of basic facility. They demanded investigation into the matter and action against the concerned people involved.
A local, Mohammad Rafi said that it has been five years since the tank was built, no one has come here from the department to examine or monitor the work, adding that here are about 100 families who face water problem daily.
Another local Mohammad Rafi said he has taken up the issue repeatedly with the PHE Department at Mendhar and Poonch but no proper response has been received from the concerned officials. He said locals are following the order of the Government, as corona virus epidemic is going on. But water supply is the essential component and public cannot live without it.
The villagers urged upon the Lt Governor of the Union Territory of J&K to hold high level probe and take action against the culprits.
When contacted AEE PHE Mendhar, Sudhir Sharma said we will look into the matter and take up the issue with Executive Engineer PHE Poonch in this regard.
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