High Court directs Govt To Complete construction of Drinking Water Supply Project in Anantnag

Srinagar, Oct 20 (KNS):  The High Court of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh has Thursday directed the Government of union territory to complete the construction of drinking water project within 18 months for several villages of Anantnag district. 

The High Court passed this order while disposing of the public interest litigation titled Syed Iqbal Tahir vs Union Territory of J&K & Others (WP (C) PIL No. 15/2020). 
While speaking to our correspondent, Advocate Syed Iqbal Tahir who is a noted Supreme court lawyer said that in the year 2020 he filed a public interest litigation petition before the High Court.

 In his petition, Tahir had submitted that the inhabitants of villages Kehribhal, Rambirpora, Rampora, Krungsoo, Wantrag, Roonipora, Satranj Maidan villages of District Anantnag have suffered badly for decades due to an acute shortage of clean and safe drinking water. 

“The people of these villages are currently getting drinking water supply from ‘Shah-Koul’ (an irrigation canal) which is completely unsafe and cannot be used for drinking purposes due to non-availability of potable drinking water to the inhabitants the only option left with them is to utilize the water flowing in the irrigation canal and as a result thereof the inhabitants usually suffer from water-borne diseases”, Iqbal Tahir had submitted in his PIL.

The petitioner had prayed that the High Court should direct the government to provide clean drinking water to the inhabitants of these villages. In response,  the PHE department has accepted bfeore the High Court that water supply to the area was inadequate. PHE department then submitted an action plan to the High Court and undertook to complete the drinking water  project  within 18 months, which was accepted by the hon’ble court.(KNS)

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