Shopian village decries shortage of potable water

For past 25 years, inhabitants of Kandulan Village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district have been made to wait for the supply of potable water by the various governments.

The residents of the village say that every time during election period politicians of all hues turn up in the village and promise us that they will ensure supply of potable water to the village.

The Kandulan village in Shopian has more than 300 households and even today the residents are forced to consume water from a local Nallah or the few tube wells which some people have installed on their own.

“The residents are forced to drink water of streams and tubewells which endangers their health said a local Nawaz Ahmad.

He alleged that despite knowing the hardships of the villagers, the officials of the Public halth Engineering (PHE) has been ignoring our requests.

“Our women folk has to tread a distance of more than one kilometer to collect water from a Nallah (stream),” he added. 

“PHE (department) has never bothered to get the problem addressed. Our pleas fall on deaf ears,” said another local, Ajaz Ahmad.

Locals alleged that a water supply scheme was sanctioned for the village during the NC Congress in 2012, but till now construction work has not been started to get the project going.

Locals added that they have been visiting division and district administration from the last five years, but to no avail.

Locals have now once again requested concerned MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir, MLC Showkat Hussain Ganaie and other PDP leaders to come to the rescue of the villagers.

“We wish that those who wield power and claim our representatives, come forward and ease us out of the miseries we are facing,” another local added.

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