Awantipora residents decry drinking water shortage
Pulwama: Residents of Gulzarpora area in Awantipora hamlet of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday said that they are facing shortage of clean drinking water in the area.
Locals said that they are facing shortage of water despite being connected to a water supply scheme.
“We get water supply just once or twice a week,” the locals said.
“Though the water which we get from the taps is highly contaminated and has lot of small microorganisms floating in it and that being the reason that we cannot use it for drinking purposes,” they added.
The locals accused the department for taking their pleas lightly since the last several years and leaving this area without permanent water supply.
“Whenever we get water, it is contaminated due to which several people in the area are suffering from various diseases,” Gulzar Ahmad, a local resident said.
The women folk of the area complained that they have to spend at least half a day in bringing water from nearby villages on daily basis.
They said that they have protested several times and were assured that the issue will be solved soon but all such assurances proved futile on ground.
Locals said that they have made several requests to the concerned authorities regarding the supply of clean water in the area but the higher authorities are not taking their requests seriously.
They once again requested the senior officials of the Jal Shakti Department to ensure a clean and continuous water supply to the area.