Pulwama village faces shortage of drinking water
Pulwama: A village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district is facing shortage of drinking water from last seven years and authorities have failed to provide them potable water, locals alleged.
Residents of Kowsibagh which comprises of around one hundred households said that they are facing acute shortage of drinking water.
They said that our women folk has to walk several kilometers daily to fetch drinking water and in winters their suffering turns worse.
“It has been our daily routine to go to nearby Badibagh village to fetch drinking water,” said Mehmooda, a local woman while adding that they are forced to wash clothes after weeks in absence of water.
Authorities laid water pipes in the village many years back but we are yet to get the potable water”, Sameer Ahmad, another local resident said, adding that the pipes laid in the area are accumulating rust.
He added that many elderly people and children of the village are complaining of gastrointestinal issues due to consumption of contaminated water.
He said that all nearby villages are getting water supply from the nearby Bulbul Nag water supply scheme, however our village has been left out.
Locals said that authorities were informed several times in this regard but to no avail.
They requested chief engineer PHE and DDC Pulwama to look into the matter and take immediate steps so that drinking water facility is provided to the area.
On contacting Assistant Executive Engineer PHE division Pulwama, Ishfaq Ahmad, he said that village is being covered under Jal Jeevan Mission.
He said that till the area gets piped water three hand pumps were installed there recently.