Jahangeer Ganaie

Famous Springs in Tral face extinction, authorities unmoved

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Pulwama: Dozens of famous springs located in south Kashmir’s Tral belt are on the verge of getting extinct as the locals and concerned officials have ignored them completely.
These springs which were once the main source of water for the residents are in a pathetic condition and authorities aren’t taking any step to clean or restore them.
Locals from Tral said that almost every spring in Tral town is in very dilapidated conditions as lot of dirt, garbage and deadwood can be seen covering them which is making their water unfit for use.
The locals said that two famous springs, Batnag and Wudnag are full of garbage as the two are surrounded by schools and shops which is leading to the dumping of waste near them.
They further added that these springs are of historical importance but no attention is being provided towards them.
“My shop is located near Batnag but the foul smell coming from the spring is irking us and customers as well,” said Junaid Ahmad, a local shopkeeper.
He said that they have requested the concerned higher ups to restore these springs but to no avail.
He said that these springs were providing water to nearby localities but their condition is very pathetic now.
Manzoor Ahmad, Executive Officer Municipal Committee Tral said that they are going to clean water bodies very soon.
“We are trying to create awareness in these localities and are seeking cooperation from general public to avoid throwing wastage near these springs,” he said.
He added that restoring these water bodies is a collective responsibility and the administration alone cannot help in their restoration.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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