Villagers accuse IPH dept over supply of soil mixed drinking water

  • Roop Upadhyay, Hindustan Times, Mandi
  • Updated: Jun 30, 2014 20:26 IST

People of the Padhar tehsil and its surrounding areas of Drang segment have alleged that the Irrigation cum Public Health (IPH) department had been supplying soil mixed drinking water to them.

The villagers said that they informed the IPH department about the water supply last week, in return to which the department stopped the supply for three days, claiming that soil free fresh water would be provided by the department in future.

The villagers accused the department of not having a water filter tank and slight rain contaminated it. They said that the construction of a water filter tank was on progress, but at a snail's pace.

The ward member of Katipari-1 gram panchayat Dalip Singh said that the IPH department had constructed a water tank in between

Katipari and Surahan wards one and half year ago, but since then had forgotten to lay the pipe lines to supply it to the villagers of the surrounding areas, who daily cover long distances to collect drinking water.

“The situation is getting worse every year in the rainy season when natural water sources, from where the villagers collect drinking water, get contaminated due to rain,” said Dailp.

Notable that Drang segment is represented by Kaul Singh Thakur for more than 35 years, who at present is a MLA and minister of health and family welfare department in the state government.

Meanwhile, the IPH department assistant engineer Harsh Sharma said that the department had not received any such complaint.

He added that the department usually stopped the supply of water during rains as a precaution measure. Sharma also said that the construction of water filter tank was at its last stage and soon it would start functioning.

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