Agence India Press
Srinagar: Many villages in Kupwara and Handwara towns are reeling under immense shortage of water causing huge inconveniences to the people especially the womenfolk. Badly hit villages include Kandi, Nutnoosa, Sohipora, Hayhama and many other villages in Chowkibal and Lolab. The aggrieved residents told Agence India Press that womenfolk were forced to fetch contaminated water from Nallahs as water supply was affected in these areas for past few weeks.
“Even in Ramadan, the women have to fetch water from Nallahs far away from localities as water supply is badly affected for past few weeks. Many a times, we approached the PHE office Kupwara with the plea to restore water but only to be falsely assured that water supply would be restored or water tanks send to the affected areas,” Abdul Ahad of Kandi Khas told Agence India Press.
The residents feared that the consumption of contaminated water could lead to the outbreak of water borne diseases like cholera. They threatened to launch protest if authorities failed to water supply or make alternative arrangements of drinking water to affected areas.
“We would be forced to take to streets if authorities did not restore water at the earliest. They should be ashamed of the fact that people are suffering immensely due to water shortage in Ramzan,” said Anees Ahmad of a Lolab village.
The residents had held protests and blocked the Kupwara, Halmatpora, Shatpora–Batpora roads disrupting vehicular traffic last week but to no avail. The situation in Lolab is even worse. The residents of Sogam, Lassipora, Chandigam, Dewar, Takkipora and Lalpora also complained about acute water scarcity in their areas. “The women folk are fetching water from nearby Nallahs and there is every possibility of the outbreak of water borne disease in these areas,” the residents while appealing executive engineer PHE to take immediate steps to restore water. It may be recalled here that due to prolonged dry spell, the natural sources of water in North Kashmir -springs and wells- have dried up in most of the villages. Despite repeated attempts, Executive Engineer PHE Kupwara division could not be contacted for his comments. (AIP)