Tuesday, August 4, 2009


The water supply to srinagar city was organized in 1906 with the impounding of Dachigam Water Nallah in earthen reservoir at Harwan. In fact the reservoir Embankement forms one of the the terraced wall of of the beautiful Harwan Garden.Since the Dachhigam Nallah is gradually drying up , this reservoir is also supplying less and less water now. previously this water was supplied raw to the city but later on a filtration plant was set up at Nishat . later water from SINDH nallah was also supplied to the city through the ALUSTENG plant set up in 1964.subsequently Doodganga plant was also commissioned in 1972 to supply water to New colonies of Channpora ,Barzulla , Rawalpora , Natipora and Jawahir Nagar . Due to increase in population in this area a DOODGANGA VT reservoir pump house at Kralpora now supplies water to half of the city while the other half and old city( Now Known as SHAHRE- KHAAS ) get water from SINDH Nallah through the RANGIL Resrvoir Ganderbal.The views uploaded are the old reservoir at HARWAN locally known as SARBAND. Water from the Dachigam Nalah still pours into it . Dachi Gam is a wild life sanctuary wherein the endangered HANGUL can be seen. we were not allowed to go inside as it was too late and a proper permission from Wild Life Department was required . I have also uploaded a view of DHARA area .This reservoir of HARWAN is located in a picturesque area of Kashmir with Mahadev mountain on one side and majestic HARWAN garden on the other side. We met a kashmiri family at Harwan who informed that they had tasted water of the entire country but the water of kashmir especially from the Chashme Shahi Spring , Sindh nallah at PRANG and Lidder at Pahalgham is just the Nectar of life and has no match anywhere in terms of taste and colour . I too join them in total agreement . Enjoy the photographs and a poem of FAIZ AHMED FAIZ.
Mere Dil! Mere Musaafir !
Hua Phir Se Huqm Saadir ,
Ke Watan Badar Hon Hum Tum
Dein Gali Gali Sadaayein.
Karein Rukh Nagar Nagar Ka,
Ki Suraag Koi Payein ,
Kisi Aarey Naamabar ka .
Har Ek Ajnabi Se Poochein ,
Jo Pataa Thaa Apne Ghar Ka.

Sare Kooye Na Shanaasa,
Hamein Din Se Raat Karna ,
Kabhi oos se Baat Karna
Kabhi iss Se Baat Karna .
Tumhe Kya Kahoon Ki Kya Hai ,
Shabe Gham Buree Balaa hai,
Hamein Ye Bhi Thaa Ganeemat,
Jo Koi Shumaar Hota ,
Hamein Kya Buraa Tha Marna ,
Agar Ek Baar Hotaa.
Mere Dil Mere Musaafir
( Faiz Ahmed faiz )

O Traveller! My Heart!
The decree was passed for us, .
To leave this beloved land .
To Cry and weep in distant lands, .
Sitting in alien cities,
We search for the a postman
to bring us letters from our land .
From every stranger we seek ,
The fate of our left over dwellings .
In this land of unknown people
We have been ordained to spend our days and nights .
O Heart ! Pass this time by talking to this or that fellow.
Do not ask us the pangs and agony of
This terrible evening of sorrow.
Even this living was better Heart!
If only we were made to know for how many days more .
For us even death was not unwelcome
Should it visit once only?
O Traveller! My Heart!

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