Mahrajpora residents face water shortage
Sopore: Residents of Mahrajpora-a village barely a kilometer away from the main town Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday staged a protest against the scarcity of drinking water in the area.
The protesters said that the area was facing a shortage of drinking water “for the past several years” as the Public health engineering (PHE) department had failed to set up a proper drinking water supply “since years”.
“Our locality is just one kilometer away from main town Sopore, but unfortunately the area has been deprived of basic facilities like water, electricity and road connectivity. We are still unable to use tap water in this digital age,” a resident alleged..
Despite repeated requests to the concerned authorities, “We all are being forced to use contaminated water from filthy streams,” said Haleema Begum one of the protesting residents.
Begum said that the women folk of the area had to fetch drinking water by walking 2 km on foot kilometers.
By consuming the contaminated water, children of the area often fall ill, she added.
The residents appealed to governor Satya Pal Malik to intervene in the matter.
An official in PHE Department said that they had “already fitted 80 percent of water pipes on the supply line”.
He said that work on the remaining supply line will be resumed “once the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) ends”.