Kangan residents decry potable water scarcity

SHEIKH ANEES

KANGAN: People in many villages of central Kashmir’s Kangan are facing acute shortage of portable water while some are supplied with contaminated water by Public Health Engineering (PHE) department.
Locals of Kangan said the while the villages including Wussan, Serch and Kangan are facing shortage of potable water from past few days, several villages are without proper water supply from past many years.
“We have to fetch drinking water from far off distances,” the locals told Kashmir Reader.
Blaming the authorities for neglecting these villages, the residents said that despite repeated pleas, the concerned department has failed to mitigate their problems.
“Areas like Gonchi Mohalla and Akhal face acute shortage of drinking water from past many years. We are forced to drink water from the nearby River Sindh,” a woman from the area, said.
They said that several schools also were without proper water supply. “We don’t have a potable water facility in and around our school,” Rakib Aijaz, a student, said.
Meanwhile, people of main town Kangan and Gund said that they were forced to drink contaminated water due to defunct water treatment plant.
Residents complained that the water storage tank maintained by Public Health Engineering (PHE) department was in a dilapidated condition and was lying defunct from past many months.
“The water we receive is full of mud, leaves and insects,” said Sheikh Asif, a local resident.
Despite repeated attempts no official from the concerned department was available for comment.