Kandiwari residents face water shortage, threaten protest

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Aman Malik

Anantnag, Jul 17: Residents of Kandiwari in Kokarnag tehsil are suffering from acute shortage of drinking water. They said water supply to their village has been snapped for the past two weeks and they were forced to consume contaminated water.
“The consumption of contaminated water has led to water-borne diseases like jaundice and gastroenteritis. We made several pleas to the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Bijbihara division to supply us potable water through water tankers but they never bothered to act,” said Mohd Yousuf, a local resident.
The locals threatened to take to streets if the PHE division did not restore the water supply to their village within two days. “To wake up PHE division from deep slumber, we will take to streets in protest against the department and its failure in restoring the water supply to the village. If the supply was not restored before Wednesday, we will hold protest against the department” said Mohammad Shaban, a local resident.
Shamshada Begum, another resident, said, “We are forced to collect contaminated water from a nearby nullah, which has led to the outbreak of gastroenteritis. The water division should press tankers into service till the supply is restored,” she said.
A senior PHE official said due to the damage to main supply line in the village, the supply had got snapped to the village. “We are trying to repair the damaged line and hopefully the supply would be restored by tomorrow,” he said.
Some local residents demanded that the PHE division should construct a major water reservoir in the village to redress their problems. “To address the shortage of drinking water, the PHE should construct a reservoir in the village to meet the water requirement of its inhabitants.”