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Six decades on, no headway to sanctioned water supply scheme in this village

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Shopian: Nearly six decades elapsed since the authorities sanctioned a water supply scheme to ShopianSafanagri area of Zainaporabelt, however, the people in the district expressed resentment against the government for failing to complete the sanctioned scheme since the past six decades.
The locals while talking to ‘Kashmir Vision’ said that a water supply scheme was sanctioned in the year 1960 in village Safanagri of Shopian district with an estimated cost of two crore rupees but the scheme is still lying incomplete.
“We are being forced to drink contaminated water as the officials are watching the suffering of people as mute spectators,” the villagers said, adding that the work on this scheme was started 15 years before but officials have left this project incomplete for one or the other reasons every time.
There is scarcity of drinking water in the area and the villagers have been ignored by every successive regime, Farooq Ahmed a local resident said, adding that “The women are forced to walk miles to fetch water but nobody pay heed to our sufferings.”
The locals said that they approached the concerned officials several times but nothing was done in this regard.
“If this project will get completed, the water crisis in about five to six villages will get resolved,” they said, urging the higher ups start the work on the project at an earliest so the people here could heave a sigh of relief.
Executive Engineer PHE division Shopian, Nisar Ahmed Shah said that Safnagri water supply scheme will get completed in the month of February.
“We need some machines to install, which are about to reach from outside the state,” he said, adding that he assure the people the project will get the portable drinking water soon.

Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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