Officials say new scheme to be completed by this year
Pampore: Inhabitants of Andrusoo village of Pampore area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district are up in arms against the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department for failing to ensure uninterrupted supply of water supply.
The residents claimed that a water scheme established years ago still awaits completion.
Residents say that both Andrusoo and Gundibal villages of Pampore have been without drinking water for the past fifteen years compelling the residents to dig tube wells in these villages in order to survive.
The residents of these villages alleged that a water supply scheme had been sanctioned for the villages in financial year 2005-06 but it has still not been made operational despite spending of lakhs of rupees on it.
Meanwhile to get potable water, the residents have threatened to launch an agitation if their demands were not fulfilled in time.
The inhabitants of these villages complained that they were facing acute water shortage of water and were being forced to use contaminated water, despite repeated pleas with officers of the PHE department, said Muhammad Afzal a villager.
Another villager Muhammad Habibullah he further said that we are requesting LG government and district administration to look into the matter so that the area is speared from further tribulations. He said.
Meanwhile Assistant Executive Engineer PHE sub division Pampore Nawaz Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that ” Actually, in the initial phase we have started this scheme at Androso village, but after the water quality was not clear for drinking purposes, after that we have to move this scheme from Androsu to Gondbal village, and started up the work, which is quite satisfactory. However he further said that the scheme cost escalated and now we are now being taken under Jal Jeevan Mission , with additional tubewells to be completed in upcoming months.