Kulgam villages without water supply for years

Kulgam villages without water supply for years

KULGAM: KULGAM: Residents from Machawa village in Kulgam district say that they are without water supply from more than a decade, while a water supply scheme for area waits for distribution pipelines.
In the bone chilling winter, they said, womenfolk have to fetch water from wells and streams.
A bore well has been dug for a water supply scheme for the area, but, the residents said, it has been waiting for distribution pipelines.
They said that the government has spent about rupees five lakh on this scheme, even bought an electricity generator, but the villagers are still waiting for drinking water supply.
There is only a single hand pump in the whole village, they said, while the 200 odd households have to fetch drinking water after crossing a long distance.
Another villager said the scheme has been put for no reason. Residents from nearby villages of Munand and Gufwan also claimed scarcity of drinking water in their villages. They said despite tall claims by the government, there was no separate water supply scheme for the area, which irks the villagers mostly in times of winter.
“In winter, we are supposed to use water of canals for cooking and drinking purposes, as there remains no water supply in the area for months,” Muhammad Khaliq, a villager said.
Villagers demand speedy completion of pending works on scheme.
Executive engineer of public health engineering Kulgam, Khalil Muhammad, said that they have sent the documents to higher authorities for the approval of funds for distribution pipelines. “We are working on that, and by March 2018 we could expect for the release of funds, and after that the water supply would be provided to the area,” he said.
Asked about scarcity of water in Munand and Gufwan villages, he said, “Let me check the details and I assure that this matter will be resolved soon.”