By Raashid Hassan
Shopian: As many as 15 villages in Shopian are getting unfiltered water supply from Rambi Aara rivulet, while a water filtration plant at Pahnoo remains defunct despite completion for want for pipleline.
According to officials from Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the work on filtration plant started in 2014 was completed in 2015, but the work on pipeline from the rivulet remains incomplete.
Residents of Pahnoo, Pehlipora, Voterpora, Pargochi, Langandaro, Trenz, Moolu, Chitragam, Khorumpora and adjoining villages accused authorities of “callous attitude”, and demanded completion of filtration plant.
“Despite many protests, authorities haven’t paid heed to our sufferings,” Bashir Ahmed, a local resident said.
Nasir Malik, a resident of Trenz, said that the unfiltered water supply posed a health risk for the area. “We are receiving direct drinking water supply from canal. There isn’t any water filtration plant in the area and we fear outbreak of disease in area,” he said.
Executive Engineer (PHE) Shopian, Ghulam Ahmed Beig said told Kashmir Reader: “We are working on pipelines like receiving and dropout pipelines and it will take about three months.”
He said that despite lack of funds they will provide filtered water supply to the area in March-April 2017.