Pulwama village decries water scarcity
By: Mushtaq Ul Islam
Pulwama: The residents of Pulwama town in south Kashmir on Thursday complained of acute shortage of drinking water facility for the last month.
The residents said the women folk of the area have to fetch the water from nearby wells amid this winter and rainfall.
The residents accused the authorities for ignoring their plights and said that acute water scarcity has hit town from the last month while the officials are least bothered about the grave issue.
“We have been deprived of drinking water since last month, the taps are dry and authorities do not bother to restore water supply,” said Mohammad Ramzan, a resident.
Some of the households have hand pumps while others have to fetch water after crossing a long distance.
“Our women have to walk in this harsh winter to fetch water from wells and streams,” he said.
Meanwhile, the people staged a sit-in in the town and halted the traffic for half an hour to register their protest against the PHE department.
The people were demanding that action be taken against the negligent engineers of the PHE department and their subordinate staff.
“The PHE Division Pulwama has become a centre of criminal negligence, and action should be taken against the staff posted here,” they said.