Bandipora: The residents of various localities in this north Kashmir area on Saturday said they have been facing acute shortage of irrigation water.
The residents of Mir Mohalla, Syed Mohallah, and Danger Mohallah said damaged water canals and pump stations have created shortage of irrigation water in their fields.
They said they were not able to cultivate their paddy fields. A group of farmers said: “The government’s claims of promoting agriculture in Jammu and Kashmir falls flat in the area. We fail to understand as to why the government is not taking any action against the officials of the Irrigation department who have failed to discharge their duties and are making us suffer.”
The damaged canals have caused water logging in the fields that need to be ploughed for paddy cultivation. “If the canals and pump stations aren’t repaired immediately, our fields would remain dry this year as well,” they said, adding that their crops suffered damage in the last sowing season.
The residents said they approached the tehsilder Sumbal several times to have the issue addressed.
“Nothing concrete has come out of those meetings,” they said. According to the residents, around 30,000 kanals of paddy fields were affected by the inadequate irrigation facility in the area.
The residents also complained that the families whose houses were damaged by the water canals were yet to get any help from the government. Executive Engineer Irrigation and Flood Control, Ghulam Jeelani, said he has directed the officials to start work on water canals on a priority.