Chadoora: Residents of Wagoora village in Budgam district are lacking a water supply due to long pending work on a pipeline laid three decades back.
Around 700 households of the village are suffering and the pipelines laid three decades back have rusted badly, rendering them useless.
“We knocked doors of many authorities so many times and made them aware about the sufferings of the villagers but they don’t take the issue seriously,” said Abdul Rashid Ganie, Numberdar of Wagoora village. Rashid said a contractor has been selected for laying new pipelines but blamed PHE authorities for hindering the execution.
Residents have to walk long distances to fetch water, and many women married into the village find it embarrassing.
“When my maternal relatives visit here they always bring water bottles with them,” Kounsara Banoo, who originally hails from Srinagar, said.
“The water shortage has kept the whole village in grave misery,” she added. “Drinking water is the basic necessity of the life and the tall claims made by government in facilitating common people with basic necessities have fallen flat. The apathy towards us is the proof how government neglects the common people,” another woman, Naseema said.
The villagers recently held a protest against PHE and said the authorities are compelling them to go for mass protests. Executive Engineer, PHE division Chadoora G R Laharwal, admitted the village lacks drinking water facilities and said the department was working on the issue.
“Our department is working tooth and nail to overcome this problem. We have passed tenders and are waiting only for the allotment of material.”
He said the department would commence work as soon as material is made available.