Pulwama: Despite the passage of ten years, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has utterly failed to make the water supply scheme in Batapora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district functional.
The scheme was started in the year 2007, which was aimed to provide potable water to the locals.
However, ten years passed since the work was taken up, the authorities have failed to complete the scheme.
The villagers said that under the scheme, a reservoir with a capacity of 20,000 gallons was constructed near Govt Middle School Batpora and was completed in 2009, but the reservoir was never made functional.
They added that this water supply scheme was meant to provide potable water for two villages Naina and Batpora comprising of over one thousand households.
The aggrieved villagers said that they have been facing tremendous hardships in absence of potable water in the area.
“We have to walk long distance while carrying buckets and pitchers on our heads by foot to fetch water from Ranbiara as we have been facing severe shortage of potable drinking water,” said Saleema Banoo, a local resident.
She added that department has spent huge amount of money on the construction but the villagers are yet to receive a single drop of water.
Muhammad Asif, another local resident said, “We have been waiting since 2007 to get potable water in order to quench our thirst but the PHE department has failed in this regard as the scheme was not made functional so far.”
The villagers questioned the utilization of funds on the scheme by the department and demanded that a commission should be set up to enquire as to why there has been so much of delay in the construction of water supply scheme in the village.
Exen PHE Division Awantipora, Ravi Kant said that he has joined this office two days back and he does not know anything about it.
However, he assured he will look into the matter.