Shopian: The residents of several villages in South Kashmir’s Shopian district here have alleged that the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department is supplying impure water to them, claiming that the authorities are putting their lives at risk.
The residents told ‘Kashmir Vision’ that the water filtration plant constructed at Pahnoo village of Shopian meant to provide filtered water to as many as 15 villages is lying defunct due to the absence of pipelines.
Residents of Pahnoo, Pehlipora, Voterpora, Pargochi, Langandaro, Trenz, Moolu, Chitragam, Khorumpora and adjoining villages accused authorities of step motherly attitude towards the area, saying that they are not paying heed towards the issue.
Aijaz Ahmad, a local resident said that the construction of water filtration plant was completed in 2015 but due to some unknown reasons, the plant is yet to be made operational.
Locals added that earlier authorities promised that the water filtration plant would be made operational by March April 2016 but those pending works on pipeline are still incomplete.
Shakeel Ahmad Lone, a resident of Khuram Pora said that the unfiltered water supply poses a health risk for the area.
“We are being supplied direct drinking water from the rivulet, which causes frequent infectious diseases to the residents,” he added.
Exen PHE division Shopian, Nisar Ahmad said that he has no information about the filtration plant as he joined the division recently.
However, he said that “he will look into the matter.”