ANANTNAG: When the government sanctioned a water supply scheme for Muniward village in this south Kashmir district in 2008, the villagers had heaved a sigh of relief, hoping that it was an end to water crisis in the area.
But nine years later, the people of the area continue to cry for drinking water, as the authorities have failed to complete the project.
Inaugurated by then-PHE minister Taj Mohiudin with much fanfare, the estimated cost of the project was around Rs 3 crore. And the deadline for the completion of the project was set as 2013.
However, residents said the authorities, even three years after missing the deadline, seem to be in no mood to complete the scheme and make it operational.
“It is an irony that the water supply scheme meant for the people of several villages awaits completion even eight years after the work was started on it,” villagers told Kashmir Reader.
They said the people of the area were crying for pure drinking water while the authorities were not bothered about their sufferings.
Secretary Village Welfare Committee, Muniward, Mohammad Amin Dar, told Kashmir Reader that the water presently used by the people of the area has been declared “highly sulphuric” and “unsafe” by the authorities.
“Water pumps were the only source of drinking water for the people of the area but after that was declared unsafe by the experts we started asking the PHE authorities as to why they are have not been able to complete the water supply scheme during last eight years,” Dar said.
“Initially the PHE authorities were refusing to respond to our queries, but later, when we approached all the top concerned quarters, they justified their failure in completing the project by crying ‘cost escalation’,” Dar said.
He said the village welfare committee, on enquiring about the things on its own, learnt that Rs 35 lakh of the total sanctioned amount for the scheme have been unspent for the last eight years.
The villagers appealed the governor to look into the matter personally, so that the scheme was completed and made functional.
“During the last eight years, no politician bothered to get the scheme completed or at least find the reasons behind the delay. Now we appeal the governor to personally look into the matter and get the project completed,” Ahmad said.
None of the officers concerned was available for comments.