Army constructs water supply scheme for locals in north Kashmir

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Srinagar, Apr 27 (UNI) Besides fighting militants, organising tours for students and setting up free medical camps in the far-flung and remote areas, the Army has now decided to concentrate on providing safe drinking water to the people.

Concerned over the reports about people, particuarly children, getting affected due to water-born diseases, the army authorities have decided to now concentrate on helping people to drink safe water in the far flung and remote areas in the valley.

A Defence ministry spokesman said a water supply scheme was constructed under Operation 'Sadbhavana-X 2007-08' at Magam in the frontier district of Kupwara by the 33 Rashtriya Rifles (RR).

It will benefit the people of Bonpura, Umar Colony and Peer Mohalla.

He said the scheme consists of trapping water-supply from perennial underground source and then lifting it to reservoir with 10,000 gallons for filtration and distribution.

The scheme has two motorpumps of 7.5 horsepower each.

He said sixty five taps have been established in the various locations for collection of water by the villagers and students.

The RR, basically a force for counter-insurgency operations, had been organising educational tours for the students of remote areas of the valley.

The RR was also organising medical camps where patients were being examined by trained doctors and given free medicines.

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