Pipes laid but no water to localities
Pampore: Several localities of Pampore in Pulwama district have been left without drinking water, despite pipes laid from a water supply scheme some four years back.
The residents rue that the pipes laid from the new Tangnar water supply scheme in Sempora on the outskirts of Pampore town, still run dry.
The affected areas include Frestbal, Khankah Bagh, Noorani Colony and adjoining areas.
Even though the whole Pampore town has been demanding water from the Tangnar supply scheme, the authorities had chosen these few localities, given their proximity to Sempora area.
“Being in proximity to Sempora, the authorties had laid down pipelines to our areas, and we were promised water supply from the Tangnar water supply scheme,” Mehraj Ahmad, a resident of Frestbal area, told Kashmir Reader.
He said that the pipes were only laid down but nothing further had happened since.
“The pipes have been running dry ever since, and repeated requests to the concerned authorities have yielded nothing thus far,” the residents told Kashmir Reader.
They said that the households in these localities have been getting running water supply for only a couple of hours a day.
“An hour or so in the morning and an equal time in the evening is the scheduled water supply. Many a time, we do not even get to see that much, and our women folk are forced to go out and fetch drinking water,” the locals said.
And, the residents say, the water they are getting right now comes from a very contaminated source.
Locals told Kashmir Reader that the water they get comes from a “filtration” plant on the Jhelum which is contaminated with human faeces and other impurities, taking a severe toll on the heath of the residents.
“Often our children and elderly people fall ill because they consume the impure water. The silence of the authorities over this issue is nothing less than criminal,” said Mushtaq Ahmad, another resident of the area.
Executive Engineer Awantipora Chandrakant Sudan could not be contacted, despite repeated attempts.