Four years on, sanctioned water supply scheme in Tral village nowhere in sight
Locals demand intervention of J&K LG
Pulwama: The residents in Arigam village in Tral hamlet of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday complained of scarcity of potable water for the last several years saying that the authorities failed to address the issue.
The residents of the village said a new water supply scheme was approved for the area in 2018 after hectic efforts but they are still getting highly contaminated water from the existing water supply.
“The new water supply scheme was at an estimated cost of Rs 3.5 crore, however, four years have passed but it is nowhere in sight,” the residents said.
Mohammad Ramzan, a local, said that they are getting water directly from the local water scheme without any filtration which is highly contaminated.
“We are forced to drink contaminated water and are forced to go for kilometers to fetch water from a spring from main town Tral,” said Mohammad Sidiq, a local resident.
He said that they brought this issue in notice of higher ups several times but to no avail.
Locals urged the concerned authorities to look into the matter at an earliest and take immediate steps for providing potable water to the area.
An official of the department acknowledged the shortage of potable drinking water in the area and said a new scheme was approved four years ago.
“Work on the new water supply scheme will start soon,” he said.