Scarcity of funds has halted work: officials
Anantnag: A much hyped regional water supply scheme for Dachnipora belt of Bijbehara in Anantnag district is yet to become a reality ten years after it was commissioned by the state government.
The scheme estimated at a cost of around 19 crore rupees was supposed to cater to water supply needs of around 31 villages in the Dachnipora belt.
The scheme was commissioned in 2008 and subsequently the work on a super structure was started in the year 2012 in Awoora village of Pahalgam.
Local residents in Awoora said land was acquired from them for a super structure to be constructed and then after the construction of the structure the scheme remains abandoned.
“There has been no work on it for a few years now and our water woes, which we thought will be taken care of with the supply scheme, remain intact,” a resident of Awoora told Kashmir Reader.
The 31 villages it was supposed to cater are mostly dependent on local streams, which dry up during the winter season.
“Our water woes worsen during the winters and we have had all our hopes pinned to this scheme, which is yet to see the light of the day,” the locals told Kashmir Reader.
These villages are located between Awoora and Srigufwara of the Dachnipora belt.
Sources in the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department say that the funds for the project have been coming in trickles.
“So far only 1 Crore Rupees have been released on the project in all these years. The total cost is 19 Crores. You can imagine even constructing a super structure is a feat of sorts in such circumstances,” the sources said.
They said that a few Lacs per year, is what has been released in the name of payments.
“Contractors have done work worth 2.5 Crore Rupees and most of them have their payments held up,” sources said.
Executive Engineer PHE division Bijbehara, Basheer Ahmad Shah, acknowledged that work on scheme has been on the slower side.
“There has been a scarcity of funds on the project. We have taken up the matter with the government. There is speculation that the project might be handed over to Economic Reconstruction Agency (ERA),” Shah said.