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Kokernag residents face shortage of potable water

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Anantnag: The residents of Heergam and Zalangam area in Kokernag hamlet of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district are facing acute shortage of drinking water, the locals alleged.
The residents of Heergam and Zalangam said that they are facing lot of problems in absence of potable water as they are forced to drink contaminated water.
“A water pipeline is going through these villages but just to provide water to the residents of other villages and these two villages have been kept deprived of potable water,” the residents said.
“Due to soaring temperatures the local springs in the area have also dried up due to which women folk have to travel long distances to get water,” Muntazir Ahmad, a local resident said.
He said that last time they protested against the unavailability of water after which authorities assured that the matter will be resolved but since then months have passed but nothing was done on ground.
Locals said that in absence of potable water, they are forced to drink contaminated water which is highly contaminated and anytime water borne diseases can break out.
They requested higher ups to look into the matter and take concrete steps on ground so that potable water is provided to the area.
An official of the concerned department said that during construction of the Anantnag-Simthan top road, the pipeline was damaged at several places.
He said that team would visit the area very soon and needful will be done on priority.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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