Jahangeer Ganaie

Locals feel relieved after Water supply scheme commences in Shopian

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Say all households must be connected on priority basis

Shopian: A water supply scheme was commenced after four years in Sofipora area of south Kashmir’s Shopian district bringing respite for the people from the acute water scarcity they faced since many years now.
Locals said that a water supply scheme was sanctioned during BJP-PDP regime with the help of their former MLA Aijaz Ahmad Mir in year 2017.
They said that soon after sanctioning, the construction work was started on the scheme, however, its construction work got delayed due to the present covid situation.
They added that finally construction work was started in beginning of 2021, however, work was going on at a snail’s pace for want of material.
Manzoor Ahmad, a member of local Auqaf while thanking the officials for completing the scheme said that the work got delayed for few months as no pipes were available.
He said that after bringing it in notice of District Magistrate Shopian, Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering Shopian and Assistant Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering Zainapora, the officials took pains and got the scheme functional bringing the much needed relief to the people of the area.
He said there so far just 30 percent of population of Sofipora and Hydergund villages has been connected and the administration should now focus on connecting the rest of the left out households.
Mansoor Ahmad, Numberdar of Sofipora village also said that they wish to thank the government for fulfilling a long pending demand of providing water supply to the area.
He said that presently just few households have been connected as of now and with each passing day more and more households are being connected.
He said that the pipeline which has been laid is full of leakages which authorities must fix at an earliest.
Locals while thanking the district administration demanded that whole population of the twin backward villages must be connected with the scheme so that they too can avail potable drinking water facilities.
G A Tantray, Assistant Executive Engineer PHE Sub division Zainapora said that work on ground is going on to connect all households of the area.
He said that pipes weren’t available which have made available now and within few days the whole population of the area will avail the marvel of potable water.
He assured that leakage issues will be fixed as well.


Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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