Mohammad Iqbal Mir
Lolab: The people of Shan Mohalla Darpora Lolab (which is 15 KM away from Kupwara District) is witnessing looming water crisis, particularly drinking water, for five years, mainly because underground water is salty, thus not fit for human consumption.
“The rich somehow receive water either by the use of money or influence. The tragic truth is that the poor villagers walk long distances to fetching drinkable water,” said a local resident.
Residents of village experience enormous difficulties routinely as they always have to stand hours in long queues under scorching heat in the search of water. Undeniably, many return home with empty water buckets owing to huge number of people at water abundant areas. Consequently, common people are left with no option other than deciding migration to move to urban areas for seeking basic facilities.
“Authorities are not showing any concern for resolving the issue. Political parties and the government have also failed to address this problem. This is sheer negligence of authorities and government. It is the fact that during elections political parties go door to door and make tall promises but after assuming the charge they turn a blind eye to the poor and do nothing for the welfare and betterment of society, said another resident.