Shopian: Krechpathri, a far-flung village in Hirpora area, has no piped drinking watersupply. Villagers allege that the area has been abandoned by the authorities.
Muhammad Nafie, a resident from Krechpathri village told Kashmir Reader that the area’s needs have been grossly neglected. “We don’t have a pipeline for drinkingwater to our village despite claims of the government.”
Krechpathri village has 100 households who use water for drinking and cooking from a canal. Villagers claim that the water from the canal is not fit for drinking. “The watercontains rubbish and animal excreta due to which villagers often fall sick,” Muhammad Ramzan Ganie, a villager, said.
Another resident Umar Hameed said that they have brought the issue to the notice of several district administrators and political leaders, but water crisis had never been resolved.
Jabeena Banoo, a woman from the village said, “Every house hold brings water from the canal for drinking, cooking, washing clothes and utensils. It is not an easy job.”
Another nearby village, Dochnoo, also has had drinking water crisis for years. “They (government) installed pipelines to the village but water was supplied only once or twice a week, which was not safe for use,” a villager said.
Ghulam Muhammad Lone, a resident of Dochnoo said that the villagers had brought this issue several times to the notice of Public Health Engineering Department officials and the local legislators but “no relief was given to the village”.
Worse, the cluster of villages doesn’t have road connectivity either. The area remains cut off through the winter. The inhabitants of the area carry goods and building material on their backs or on horses.
Executive engineer Public Health Engineering, Ghulam Ahmed Beig, said, “Yes, they have a problem of water supply. We have submitted a project report and there is shortage of funds. I will try my best to provide drinking water supply for the village as immediately as possible.”
He said that Dochnoo village will have water by the end of the year as thge department had taken up Mujpathri water supply scheme for that area.