15 years on, Pulwama villages without potable water
Pulwama: The residents of Jandwall and Saidapora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district are without potable water for the past 15 years.
Residents of Hajam Mohalla Jandwall which is around 5 Kms from district headquarters said that 15 years back a link road was widened and during widening process the water supply pipelines got damaged.
Since then 15 years have passed but no government agency bothered to lay the pipes and provide drinking water to the area, they said.
They further added that in 2016, two bore wells were dug but after working for about two months both the bore wells stopped working and have been left abandoned since then.
Residents of Zoi Mallah Saidpora which is around 6 Kms from district headquarters also said that they are too do not have any facility of getting drinking water facility in their village.
Residents of both villages said that they have knocked doors of every concerned authority since then but to no avail.
They said that they are forced to fetch water from a nearby stream which is highly contaminated.
They requested authorities to look into the matter and make proper arrangements so that people of these villages get potable drinking water.
When contacted, Assistant Executive Engineer PHE division Pulwama Ishfaq Ahmad said that department is planning to cover both villages under Jal Jeevan mission and hopefully work on the scheme will start in March this year.
He said that department will send water tankers to the area so that they won’t face any problem.