Work on water supply scheme left midway in 2016
Pulwama: The people of Pinglina village in this south Kashmir district say they are facing acute shortage of drinking water from last two years.
Local residents from Bon Mohalla locality of Pinglina told Kashmir Reader that the PHE department has failed to supply potable water to them for the last two years.
“Our locality comprises of around 400 households. We have been moving from pillar to post, pleading before PHE authorities to supply us drinking water, but to no avail,” Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Bon Mohalla said.
“Our women had to travel a long distance to another locality to fetch drinking water but it has irritated many people of that area, and the practice has been stopped,” he added.
The residents said that a water supply line, laid decades ago, has rusted and chocked and often remains dry.
They said a new scheme for supplying drinking water was initiated from Tengpuna spring in 2016 but the PHE department failed to complete the work on this scheme.
“Around 350 pipes were sanctioned for the scheme. The PHE department stopped work after laying only 150 pipes,” the locals said and demanded that the work on the scheme be started at the earliest so that they are not made to suffer further.
When contacted, the officials of PHE department in Pulwama said that previously, only 150 pipes were approved for the scheme, which were laid.
“We wrote to higher authorities to supply the pending pipes which were approved and will be laid soon and accordingly the water scheme for Bon Mohalla, Pinglina will be made functional,” the officials said.