Water supply scheme at Shopian’sLosedanew in limbo

Shopian: Water supply scheme at Losedenow in south Kashmir’s Shopian has failed to provide drinking water to habitants “due to lack of ground water and official apathy”.
At least four village are dependent on this scheme, which according to an official data was initiated in 2000’s, but the scheme failed to find the ground water. After 2010, another scheme was launched and finished in 2018, but since then the scheme failed to provide water supply to the locals in the area.
An official from public health engineering department said that the level of ground water goes down in winters and it takes long time to lift water to the overhead tank (OHT). The tank according to him has capacity of 40,000 gallons.
Locals from the village said that they have no drinking water even in the winter. “Even chief engineer PHE visited the scheme and assured that the supply will be provided soon,but nothing was done,” a local said.
The scheme – according to officials – was completed with an estimated cost of Rs 2.17 crore.
Executive engineer public health engineering department, Irfan ul Islam told Kashmir Reader that they have not commissioned the scheme yet, but are running the scheme for trail purposes.
“Due to intense frosting, it will take us time. The distribution of water to other localities will be done this year,” he said.

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