Anderwan Kokernag residents demand potable water
Anantnag: Resentment is brewing among the residents of Anderwan Kokernag in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district against the Jal Shakti department for its failure to provide drinking water facilities to the area.
The residents of the area said the non-availability of drinking water in the area has punctured the tall claims of Jal Shakti department as they failed to provide drinking water facility to the area.
“We raised our voices against the authorities for failing to install water pipelines to supply water to the village. But it seems authorities are least bothered about it,” the locals said.
The inhabitants said that the village is without drinking water facility as no water pipeline has been installed in the area so far.
“The entire population is forced to consume unsafe water which can result in an outbreak of any water borne disease,” the locals said.
The locals said they are forced to drink contaminated water despite having a spring at a distance of around five kilometres at Kokernag.
“We have to go for kilometres to fetch drinking water which is contaminated and the way leading to the stream is full of slopes and walking on it in wet weather becomes very dangerous,” they said.
The locals further said that they approached the concerned authorities several times with a plea to provide drinking water to the village but to no avail.
One of the residents said that almost 200 households are without drinking water facilities, leaving them to fend for themselves.
Locals urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter so that they could heave a sigh of relief.
An official of the concerned department said that area is being covered under the Jal Jeevan mission and next year the area will get a drinking water facility.