Kashmir Indepth

Portable water still a distant dream for this Anantnag village

Sumeya Jan

Anantnagh May 28: Residents of Brinty village in Dialgam area of Anantnag district accused the authorities of neglecting the water woes faced by them for last four years.

They said that their village has been facing acute shortage of water all these years and despite apprising the officials about the same, no action was taken by them on the ground.

“Even after holding protests many times against the authorities in the village for not providing us safe drinking water, the authorities are unmoved,” a local said.

The residents said if their demand is not met they will be compelled to hit the streets over the callous attitude of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department.

“The process of laying new water pipes was initiated some three years ago but for the reasons known to authorities, the work was stalled in the middle and there was no headway,” they said.

“The only alternative for us is to walk up to an adjacent village from where we fetch the potable water from tube wells, which lies a kilometer away from here. We are forced to consume untreated water from ponds and rivulets which has led to several diseases to the locals. The most affected areas are Vanpora, Badhdraman, Check e Brinty, Badhangan,” says Tawheeda Jan , a local.

“Even when our village is located barely five kilometers away from famous water spring of Achabal, which supplies water to about 60 villages, the authorities are unable to connect our villages with the water supply pipe network for reasons known to them,” she added.

AEE PHE division Anantnag Rayaz Ahmad said that the process of laying of new water pipes is currently on.

“We have been getting complaints of non-availability of water from this area since long after which we instantly started a new water supply scheme for the said area. We are currently laying new pipes in the area and the work is going on. We are expecting to finish the pending work very soon,” Rayaz said.

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