Bandipora: In a first, Barladi and Shamthan, twin remote villages of Arin block in North Kashmir’s Bandipora district have got portable drinking water.
An official said that Jal Shakti Department is ensuring piped water to every household in rural areas to accomplish its target of Har Ghar Jal.
He said that for the first time since independence, twin villages in Arin block have now access to clean drinking water.
The official said that Jal Shakti department was successful to fulfill the demand of these remote residents under languishing projects at a cost of 2.1 crore.
“The residents used to face many difficulties in getting clean water and now their worries are gone,” he said.
Meanwhile, villagers expressed happiness and also gratitude to the for fulfilling their long pending demand and giving them access to safe drinking water.
“We are very happy that we got running water taps for the first time after independence. Earlier, it was a hard task, especially for our women folk, to get drinking water from nearby areas,” Mustafa, a local said.
Abdul Salam, another local said that today for the first time in his life, he saw clean water available in his village.
“We are grateful to the district administration and the concerned department for working on the project and completing it,” he added. (KNO)