Budgam’s Model village struggling with water scarcity

Budgam’s Model village struggling with water scarcity
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Budgam: Despite being developed as Model village Harde-Sorush in central Kashmir’s Budgam district is facing acute water shortage.
Residents told Kashmir Reader that the village has been developed under the Capital Development Authority (CDA) a decade ago but a well equipped water supply scheme was not provided to the village.
Adjoining villages Nasarpora, Panjyara, Check, Fajipora, and others are also facing similar water scarcity.
The residents complained that they do not get adequate water supply as consumption increases in summer and water scarcity comes up every year.
Crowds can be seen public taps and streams running almost dry but the authorities were making “just verbal claims” of sufficient supply.
Residents of some areas have to fetch water from miles away.
Owais Basheer, a villager, said the authorities were not paying heed towards the issue despite a large number of complaints registered by them.
Shabir Ali, another villager, said the authorities have failed to ensure regular supply in accordance with the demand, leaving the residents struggling.
Public Health Engineering department officials did not responded to repeated calls.
Tanvir Sadiq, political secretary to MLA Beerwah Omar Abdullah said it was a grave issue of the area.
“We have sent a proposal to the parliament to get the scheme approved for the area,” Sadiq said. “We have three projects in pipeline at present and are trying to complete them as soon as possible”.
“Once that (proposal) will get approved, the work will start and we hope the long pending problem will get resolved,” he said.