SHOPIAN: The villagers of DK-Pora in south Kashmir’s Shopian district said they collected money twice to buy a pipeline for a canal for supplying drinking water to the village and on the other occasion for digging a well.
They said that the canal water is contaminated and they are at the risk of getting diseases.
DK-Pora has more than 200 households has no water supply from years. The villagers said that “they don’t remember when they have seen the tap water in the locality.”
Idrees Ahmad Bhat, a local resident, said that they brought the issue in the notice of all district level official as well as political leaders, but there problem was not solved. “Visiting their (officials, politicians) offices and residences turned futile. Our woes were never heard,” he laments.
Zareefa Banoo, another resident, said that even in this modern era, village womenfolk were forced to spend at least three hours a day to fetch water in buckets for cooking food.
Bashir Ahmad Lone, another resident said that due to the contaminated water in the canal, causes of constant breakout of diseases are common. “In our locality you will see constant issues of diseases like chest diseases, typhoid, and hepatitis due to this contaminated water which we use from the canal,” he said.
Ghulam Hassan, former Sarpanch of the village, said that they twice collected money from the locals and brought a pipeline for the canal. “We bought pipelines for a local canal from locally generated fund, but due to the contaminated water we fall ill regularly. Then we again collected money and dig a well which cost us Rs 1.25 lakh rupees, but after some months the well dried and we were left with no option than to use same contaminated water of the dirty canal,” he said.
A group of villagers headed by Idrees Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that government is spending lakhs and corers of rupees for providing comfort to the officials, but they have no money to provide drinking water supply to their village. “We are not asking to build a secretariat in the village, but give us pure drinking water supply,” said Idrees.
Executive engineer Public health Engineering Department Shopian, Nisar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that they have written to the higher officials about the crisis of water in the village and they are waiting for the funds. “The project has been sanctioned by the government now and we are waiting for the funds to start working on this project,” he informed.