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Water supply scheme becomes a reality after five decades

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Locals thank officials of Jal Shakti department

Shopian: The much awaited water supply scheme in Safanagri village of Zainapora Tehsil of south Kashmir’s Shopian district has finally been commissioned and the people of the area will now get potable water at their doorsteps.
Locals from the village said that the scheme was sanctioned in early 70’s and since then people of the area were waiting for its completion.
Abdul Hamid, member of local Auqaf committee said that scheme was sanctioned in early 70’s and work on it was started some three decades back.
He said that people of the area are very happy as it is for the first time that they are getting potable water at their doorsteps.
“Till yesterday the children and the women folk had to travel for several kilometers to fetch water,” Hamid added.
He said that around 50 percent of the village has been already connected to the scheme and pending households must be connected at an earliest.
Another local resident said that despite moving from Pillar to post nothing was being done on ground, however, it was only possible due to the efforts of incumbent Executive Engineer Jal Shakti Shopian Irfan Ul Islam that the scheme was completed.
Locals of the area have thanked Jal Shakti Department for completing the scheme and providing relief to them.
They demanded that pending households must be connected with the scheme at an earliest so that they too can are benefitted.
They also demanded that a generator must be installed at the filtration plant so that the scheme remains operational even during winters when the area witnesses frequent power breakdowns.
When contacted, G A Tantray Assistant Executive Engineer for Zainapora Sub division said that many schemes in the area were kept defunct for want of minor things due to unknown reasons.
He said that majority of the village which consists of around 400 households have been connected and pending households are being connected gradually.

 


Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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