Jahangeer Ganaie

Bijbehara residents decry shortage of drinking water

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Bijbehara: The residents of K Kalan village in Bijbehara Tehsil of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district are facing shortage of drinking water.
The residents of the area said that they hardly get one hour water supply on daily basis which is not proving enough for them. They further alleged that the water theyare getting is highly contaminated.
They said that the water they are getting is being supplied from a local springs without any filtration process being conducted on it.
“As the supply is hardly for one hour, we are forced to fetch water from the same contaminated spring which is around half a kilometre away from the locality,” Abrar Ahmad, a local resident said.
He said that the spring hasn’t been fenced or covered and all the impurities are let to seep into the spring.
“Whenever it rains all the dirt and mud mixes with the spring water which is being supplied to the area,” he alleged.
Locals meanwhile, added that the lift water supply scheme providing potable water to various areas works on electricity and whenever there is power breakdown, their water supply remains off for days together.
The locals requested the higher officials to look into the matter at an earliest so that they can heave a sigh of relief.
An official of the Jal Shakti department acknowledged that due to power breakdowns, locals are facing problems, however, residents get water twice every day, he said.
They are wasting drinking water by using same in their orchards, washing vehicles and other purposes which they should avoid, the official added.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted [email protected]

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