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Meet Jal Shakti warriors who restored water supply to 25 villages amid flash floods in B’la

Heroic act receives praise from Union Govt, J&K admin

Post by on Saturday, June 25, 2022

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When the incessant rains and flash floods wreaked havoc in parts of Kashmir, the Jal Shakti employees in Kreeri area of north Kashmir's Baramulla braved the adverse weather conditions to restore the main supply of drinking water facility to thousands of people. 


The Jal Shakti warriors braving the odd conditions, flash floods, incessant rains left to restore the damaged main supply pipeline at head works Shrunz fall - the main source of drinking water to around 20-25 villages. 

The brave act of restoring the damaged water supply during the flash floods received applause from the Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Government of India. The move was also appreciated by Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr. Sehrish Asgar. 

Assistant Executive Engineer Jal Shakti Kreeri Fida Hussain Rizvi told Rising Kashmir that due to flash floods the Shrunz fall head works suffered heavy damage. “But the timely action of the employees saved the people from suffering for want of drinking water.”. 

 “The Kreeri Shrunz fall head works supplies water to six filtration plants from where safe drinking water is supplied to 20-25 villages. Keeping in mind the sufferings of the people, our team braving all odd conditions restored the main supply. Our mission is to provide safe drinking water to our people and for that we have to face such odd conditions also,” Rizvi added.  

The officer said that there was water disruption during the night hours. The water supply got disrupted and a team of officials with other employees visited the area and restored the water supply the next morning. 

“It was never an easy task. The Shrunz fall is usually roaring during the normal days and restoring water supply structure which was damaged due to flash floods was a herculean task. But my team managed to restore it for the good of the people,” he added. 

An daredevil team which restored the water supply are: Assistant Linemen Mohammad Ramzan Wani, Abdul Ahad Reshi, Mushtaq Ahmad Dar, Riyaz Ahmad Mir, Mohammad Ashraf Wani (ALM), and Need Based Casual Labourer Abdul Hameed Tantray. 

The Jal Shakti employees carried out the difficult task under the supervision of Assistant Executive Engineer Fida Hussain Rizvi and Assistant Engineer Qazi Fahad. 

In 2021, the Ministry of Jal Shakti launched ‘Water Heroes – a contest with an aim to make Water Conservation And Management a People’s Movement and strengthen the water consciousness in the country. For furthering this objective, the Department has launched the ‘Water Heroes – Share Your Stories’ Contest from December 1, 2021 with an aim to reach out to people on the important subject of water conservation and management. It also aims to encourage such efforts across India so as to boost transformational action in the water sector.

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