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Three years on, sanctioned WSS in Awantipora fails to take off

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Awantipora: Even after a lapse of over three years, work on the water supply scheme in Kaigam village in Awantipora hamlet of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district has not taken off, locals alleged Thursday.
The residents of the area said that they do not have any potable water facility available in the area due to which they have been suffering since decades.
“In absence of any drinking water facility we are forced to drink contaminated water drawn from the local canal due to which water borne diseases keep pestering us,” locals alleged.
They added that children and elderly people often remain ill and the reason behind it the contaminated water which they are using.
“Our area is without drinking water facility since the past two decades as earlier the village was connected with a scheme running in a nearby village but the water from this scheme does not reach the village,” said Shakeel Ahmad, a local resident.
“We have moved from pillar to post to get a scheme sanctioned for our village and three years back a scheme was sanctioned for the area but work is yet to be started,” he added.
“Whenever we visit any office, we are being told that the scheme is going through tendering process. We fail to understand how much time will it take to get the process complete,” another local said.
They requested higher ups to look into the matter and take immediate steps so that area will get potable water.
Meanwhile an official of the PHE while acknowledging the problems faced by the area said that as a temporary arrangement a water tanker is being sent to the area regularly.
“Work on new scheme will start soon,” he assured.

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

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