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Amid rains, Shoul Anantnag residents protest shortage of potable water

Amid rains, Shoul Anantnag residents protest shortage of potable water
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Anantnag: Amid incessant rains, the residents of Shoul Batengoo area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Wednesday staged a protest against the shortage of drinking water in the area.

The residents of Checkpora Shoul said that they are without drinking water facility for past three years due to which they are suffering and authorities are acting as mute spectators.

They said that a 1.5 inch pipe was laid few years back to provide water to the Shoul area but it is not even catering to half of the population of the village.

“We have been suffering in absence of potable water and the women folk has to cover long distances in order to fetch water for drinking,” they said.

Dr Arshid, a local preacher and social activist said that since past three years they are forced to visit other nearby villages to bring water for drinking.

“Facing water crisis that too in Ramadan and ahead of Eid is giving tough time to locals and authorities must take cognizance of the issue at an earliest,” he said.

Locals said that they have been witnessing this issue since years now and authorities who are watching our sufferings as mute spectators must act immediately.

“Our village is just three kilometers away from district headquarters while it is just one kilometre away from old highway and new highway and despite that this area has been neglected,” they said.

“Whenever we are visiting sub division Bijbehera, we are being asked to visit sub division Khanbal and when we visit there they also avoid taking our issue seriously,” they said.

“We have brought this issue in notice of concerned authorities several times but to no avail as no step is being taken in this regard,” they said.

The locals have now requested higher ups to look into the matter and take immediate steps to provide water supply to the area so that locals won’t suffer anymore.

Meanwhile, Executive Engineer, Jal shakti Bijbehera, Sareer Ahmad assured that he will look into the matter on priority basis and will  direct officials to visit the hamlet immediately.

“All possible steps will be taken in this regard and the people’s issues will be addressed,” he added.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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