Out of 2,753 drinking water supply schemes damaged during mid-June 2013 disaster, only 500 have been permanently restored in the state. The remaining water supply schemes have been temporarily restored.
Because of the partial restoration of schemes, the Jal Sansthan is able to deliver only 20 litres per capita per day as against the full capacity of 40 litres per capita per day. Remote districts of Pauri, Bageshwar, Rudraprayag, Pithoragarh, Almora and Uttarakashi are facing the brunt. Sadly, officers are helpless as the restoration work is going on and is funded by several agencies in these districts.
According to the data of Jal Sansthan, nine areas are facing acute problem of drinking water supply due to temporary and partial restoration of schemes: Karanprayag, Gauchar, Rudraprayag, Srinagar, Devprayag, Uttarkashi, Bageshwar, Kapkot and Dharchula. Asian Development Bank (ADB) funds the restoration work in these areas. As restoration work is under process, several habitations falling in these regions get inadequate water supply.
PC Kimothi, general manager, Jal Sansthan told Hindustan Times, “Against the full capacity of 40 litres per capita per day, we are able to receive only 20 litres per capita per day. There are 9 schemes that have been temporarily or partially restored besides others, because of which several water schemes are not able to deliver the full capacity. As a result, a shortage is reported.”
Along with Jwalpa Devi water supply scheme in Pauri, other main water supply schemes of hilly areas are Srinagar water supply scheme. Those in Bagehswar, Kapkot, Dharchula and Gauchar are partially or temporarily restored because of which locals are not able to receive full drinking water supply.
Adarsh Negi, a social activist of Pauri said, “Jal Sansthan is managing most of the drinking water supply schemes in disaster-hit districts. They have even received funding for restoration from various agencies. But, a year after the disaster, water supply schemes have not been fully restored. In cities, people can hire water tankers. But in remote areas the condition becomes difficult. Apparently, natural springs too fail to supply enough drinking water.”