Bhalla lashes at J&KWRRA for increasing water usage charges

JKPCC Vice President Raman Bhalla interacting with aggrieved people at Chatha Pind, Jammu on Wednesday.

JAMMU: JKPCC Vice President Raman Bhalla on Wednesday slammed LG Administration in general and Jammu and Kashmir Water Resources Regulatory Authority (J&KWRRA) in particular for increasing water usage charges in Jammu and Kashmir.
While the National Hydroelectric Corporation (NHPC) is making a fortune out of the energy generated from J&K’s water resources, the J&K’s hapless inhabitants shall have to pay through nose for every drop of water they drink or use in daily life.
This was observed by the former Minister while interacting with aggrieved people of Chatha Pind area of Gandhi Nagar constituency facing serious water and power crisis.
Speaking on the occasion, Bhalla said that as the mercury continues to soar above 40 degree Celsius in the region, electricity and water crisis has further deteriorated in Jammu where people are suffering because of the prevailing situation while LG Administration busy in making tall claims of doing everything in all the sectors.
The intense heat wave is leading to power shutdowns and tripping of the systems, which in turn are severely affecting water supply thus multiplying woes of the Jammuites, who are left with no option other than to curse the Government for the crisis.
Notwithstanding the Commissioner Secretary’s direction for no planned shutdown in the region owing to scorching heat, electricity supply in various parts of Jammu remains off for hours together.
“Our system and supply are not adequate to ensure no power cut, particularly during the summer month, when the transformers and circuit get damaged because of intense heat,” said Bhalla.
The consequent affect of frequent power breakdowns on water scenario can be gauged from the fact that power tripping for only one and half hour hampers supply of around 7.5 lakh Gallon water and the system used to experience power tripping for several times a day.
In the summer at peak and owing to power tripping problem, various areas of Jammu are reeling under water scarcity.
Prominent among those present on the occasion include Amrit Bali Vice Chairmen Refugee Cell Congress, Gurmeet Kour District General Secretary, Pawan Kumar Bhagat, Parshotam Lal, Dr.Janak Raj, Asha Devi, Kewal Bhagat, Sakinder Kumar, Ajay Kumar, Mahinder Choudhary beside others.