Shopian villages face water scarcity, Officials blame dry spell

SHOPIAN: The residents of several villages in Chitragam Kalan tehsil in Shopian district are complaining of water scarcity in the area and said that taps in the villages were running dry for more than six weeks.
They said that despite commitments from officials water supply was not restored.
“Callous attitude of PHE department has left the village without tap water from approximately two months. Not a single drop of water is running in the taps, and no water vehicles has been sent to the village,” Muntazir Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Chitragam Kalan said.
Villagers from Pargochi, Voterpora and adjoining villages also demanded restoration of water supply to their villages.
“We have has no water for past two months. Worse, there is no filter for the area. Since the widening of Shopian Turkawagama road was started we are facing huge tap water crisis,” Parvaiz Ahmad Bhat, a local resident said.
Villagers added that the authorities were not sincere towards the sufferings of the people as due to the dry spell the canals were also dry, while the tap water supply has also been stopped.
The villagers have to go long distances to fetch water for drinking and cooking.
Riyaz Ahmad, another villager said that water crisis in area has become the “order of the day”.
“Despite the district having rich pure water resources authorities failed to tap water supply in the area,” he said.
Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering (PHE) Shopian, Ghulam Ahmed Beig told Kashmir Reader that about 20 water supply schemes in district were getting water supply from Sangloo irrigation Nalla and due to the dry spell there was no water in these canals too.
“I will look into this matter and immediate relief will be given to the villages which are suffering,” he said.