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Naina Pulwama faces acute shortage of potable water

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Pulwama: Residents of Naina village in Litter Tehsil of Pulwama district are facing acute shortage of drinking water as according to locals authorities have failed to provide water supply to the area.
According to locals a water supply scheme was started in year 2007 in a nearby village Batpora to provide drinking water to Batpora and Naina villages.
“A reservoir with a capacity of 20,000 gallons was constructed near govt middle Batpora and it was completed in year 2009 but it took almost a decade for the authorities in making the reservoir functional,” they said
“Despite spending crores of rupees, which was meant to provide water to around one thousand households, the scheme is providing water to hardly hundred households,” they said, adding that the scheme for which the locals in Naina and Batapora were waiting from last two decades has failed to mitigate their problems.
Villagers questioned the utilisation of funds on the scheme by the department and demanded that a commission should be set up as to why the scheme has failed to provide water to the area for which it was constructed.
“We have to walk long distances while carrying buckets and pitchers on our heads by foot to fetch water from Ranbi Ara rivulet as we are facing severe shortage of potable drinking water,” said Bilqeesa jan, a local resident.
She added that department has spent huge amount of money on the construction of the water supply scheme but it has failed to provide any relief to the residents.
“I am 62 year old now and in my life time, water problem was never resolved. I am requesting the government to solve this issue now,” says Abdur Rehman, a local resident.
On contacting Executive Engineer PHE Division Pulwama, Qazi Mushtaq he said that locals are creating problems in laying pipelines in the area.
“However, we are working on it and it will take us 10 more days to complete the work there. Once the pipes are laid the whole area of Naina and Batpora will get scheduled water supply,” he said.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in
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