Hajin residents up in arms against water shortage

Hajin residents up in arms against water shortage

HAJIN: The residents of Hajin in this north Kashmir district are up in arms against the authorities over the water shortage in their area for the last one month.
The residents said they had been facing acute water shortage for the past one month due to which they are facing immense hardships.
The residents said senior citizens of the area had visited the concerned officials twice in the last one month, the problem had further aggravated.
“Our women have to walk miles a day to fetch water from river Jehlem. It has been a month now that we are without drinking water and concerned officials are playing tom, dick and harry by saying that water will be supplied soon,” said Mohdammad Irfan, a local.
The residents also threatened to come on roads if the authorities failed to resolve the water crisis soon.
The residents have appealed the deputy commissioner Bandipora to look into the matter. The water pipes got damaged last month due to sudden collapse of the embankments of the river Jehlum. “The public health engineering (PHE) department is yet to repair the pipes,” the locals said.
When contacted, executive engineer PHE Sumbal, Mohammad Shafi said: “We are looking into the matter and the water supply will be restored soon.”
When asked about the repairing of water pipes which got damaged last month, Shafi said: “Unless the irrigation and flood control department would not complete the work on road, we can’t lay the new pipes.”

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