Water scarcity hits Kulgam villages

Aman Malik

Kulgam, Jun 26: Miffed over the callous attitude of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the villagers of Churath Qazigund threatened to hit the streets if drinking water problem is not solved.
The residents of Churath Qazigund village Tuesday alleged that they face a lot of problems due to acute shortage of water supply for past five years.
Miffed over the callous attitude of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the villagers threatened to hit the streets if the problem is not solved.
“We are being deprived of water facility and despite repeated requests, neither the concerned department nor the administration is bothered to sort our hardships,” said a resident Abdul Ahad.
He said that the authorities laid water pipes in the village before five year back to Churath village but they have not completed their work till now. “We fail to understand why the authorities don’t complete their work,” he added.
The residents are forced to cover a distance of almost a kilometre to fetch drinking water from tube wells.
“Sometimes we use water from the ponds which put our health at great risk. The most affected areas are Goundpora, Birgam, Kralcheck, Pir Takyia, Razloo, Batangoo and other areas,” said another resident Gh Hassan Mir.
The village is just nine km’s away from famous water spring Wasaknag, which supplies water to about 20 villages.
When contacted, Executive Engineer PHE Qazigund Gh Nabi said that the work on Water pipes in the area is going on and hopefully it will be completed soon.