Bandipora, Feb 02: Residents of Changdi and Chahi-Mohalla a remote belt in Aloosa area of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district were up in arms Tuesday against district administration for failing to provide them potable drinking water.
The residents of these villages told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that some six years back a new water supply scheme was started for the area but was abandoned by the concerned authorities’ mid-way, thus leaving the residents in a big worry.
The villagers said authorities pay no heed to their grievance and have to fetch waters from other sources like wells and rivers to fill water for their daily household chores.
They said the shortage of water has caused great inconvenience to them in this harsh winter. “For the last one month we have been melting the snow here and then using the same water for drinking purpose,” they added. “Our kids complain of different ailments and we are forced to drink the impure water every day. Our health has deteriorated, whom we will complain to,” Ishfaq Khan, a local resident said.
He said that the concerned department and district administration must end “our genuine issue now and provide us with drinking water.”
Repeated attempts to reach officials of Jal Shakti department proved futile as they were unavailable for comments. Meanwhile, the residents appealed Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, Dr. Owais to intervene and redress their grievance.