Daramdora Shopian residents allege shortage of potable water
Shopian: The residents of Daramdora in Keegam hamlet of south Kashmir’s Shopian district Wednesday alleged that their area is facing shortage of potable water since many years now.
The residents said that the water supply scheme in the area was constructed in 80’s for around five villages but since then the population has increased at least four times but the infrastructure hasn’t been upgraded.
They said Daramdora village has been facing an acute water crisis since years but so far nothing has been done.
Mushtaq Ahmad, a local resident said that a pipeline in the area was laid way back and currently it isn’t in a condition to even cater those who are connected with the scheme.
He said that some households were getting water for sometime but residential houses that have come up in around last one decade are yet to be covered under any scheme.
Basharat Ahmad, another local resident said that since the past 10 years they have been waiting to get water supply but as of now that day hasn’t came.
He added that in absence of potable water, the residents are forced to drink contaminated water from nearby canal due to which people mainly elderly and children often fall ill.
Locals said that authorities are risking the lives of the people by forcing them to consme contaminated water.
They said that there is no drinking water supply facility available for a school where around 200 students are enrolled.
The locals said that they have brought this issue into the notice of higher ups several times but to no avail.
They requested the officials to look into the matter at an earliest so that they can heave a sigh of relief.
Meanwhile, an official of the Jal Shakti Department said that the area is now being covered under Jal Jeewan Mission and work on the scheme is expected to start soon.
He assured that area will soon get regular water supply.