Bandipora, Apr 13:-The inhabitants of Nowpora Chandergeer village of Hajin area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district are up in arms against Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department for failing to provide water facility to their area.
Bandipora district might be known for its overwhelming water resources, but the inhabitants here are suffering because of the shortage of potable water due to the alleged apathy of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department.
Population of over thousand with over hundred households the village according to locals is suffering from past several years because of official apathy and owing to poor pipeline and illegal connections by other villages, locals said.
Hakbara scheme was established before years to cater several villages of Hajin Township which caters over a population of fifteen thousand souls and this village comes at tail which is also the main reason of our sufferings, they said.
The residents further said that the area is mainly dependent on the water supply. They alleged that matter has been brought to the notice of the concerned administration but no improvement has been witnessed.
Ghulam Mohammad, a resident told Kashmir Convener "We cry for a single drop of water because the department has totally failed to provide drinking water facility, he said. Earlier, we approached concerned authority to meet our demands and they assured redressal of water crises in the area but it was just a hallow assurance nothing else, he added.
In the absence of potable water, we are forced to fetch water from open Nallah’s. The consumption of contaminated water has led to the outbreak of diseases in our villages, but authorities are doing nothing to address the issue,” complained another resident Javaid Ahmad.
He alleged that their taps area running dry since last couple of weeks and despite their repeated pleas, the PHE division in the area hasfailed to restore the water supply. “We are dying for a drop of water and the department is watching the situation as a mute spectator, he added.
The inhabitants demanded that round-the-clock tanker service should be provided to them till the water supply is restored fully. “The department should press water tankers into service round-the-clock to address the shortage.
Deputy Commissioner Bandipora, Khursheed Ahmad Sanai, said that he has directed concerned department Exen to personally visit the spot and submit report to my office. He said, once the report will come to my office the suffering of villagers will be addressed.