SHOPIAN: More than a dozen villages around Chitragam area of Shopian are facing water scarcity, while fresh water from a spring nearby gets mixed into a dirty canal.
Utilizing the spring at Kadshiv village for water supply can end the water woes of dozens of villages in Chitragam, residents said.
The Nilnag spring is situated between the orchards of Heff and Kashiv villages, but all of its water gets mixed with a dirty canal, some 100 metres from the source.
Muntazir Ahmad Bhat, a postgraduate student from Chitragam village, said that Nilnag produces good quantity of water as compared to the other springs in the district but the spring was “useless” despite its potential to supply drinking water to many villages in the area.
“Government spent crores of rupees on many supply projects but they get dysfunctional with the passage of time, like as there is one useless project at Kadhiv village. A sincere attitude of government can solve our problems as well as they can save departmental money,” Bhat said.
Ali Muhammad, another villager from Heff, said that the Nilnag spring was “lying idle”.
“We often face drinking water crisis in our area because the stretch from Hirpora forests to our villages is almost 50 kilometers, so it’s not easy to supply water through outdated pipelines to our area,” he said.
The Nilnag, gushing with crystal clear water, is surrounded by Chinars and is located some three kilometers away from residential areas.
A water supply project on the spring can solve water crisis of more than 25 villages, residents say. Executive Engineer, Public Health Engineering Shopian, Nasir Ahmad Shah said the department would look into the suggestion.
“It is a good suggestion, it was not in my notice. I will send a team e to prepare a report on its utilization for drinking purposes,” Shah said.