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In a first, Khur Batpora village in Kulgam gets potable water

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Kulgam: For the first time, Khur Batpora hamlet in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district has got access to the potable water.

The residents of Peer Mohalla Khur Batpora said that they have started getting potable water just few days back and the development has brought joy to the local populace.

They said that the scheme was earlier completed and the pipeline wasn’t laid due to which they were without drinking water facilities since many years now.

The locals said that the Jal Jeevan Mission has brought joy and cheer to their lives as a long pending demand of the people was addressed.

Shakeel Ahmad, a local resident said that people were facing immense problems in absence of drinking water facility especially during winters.

“Our area witnesses heavy snowfall and during snowfall, people were facing more difficulties as in order to get potable water they had to cross a steep slope that was proving very risky,” he said.

“Finally our village has got potable water and credit goes to the concerned department for installing pipeline,” he added.

The locals said that they had brought the issue into the notice of higher authorities several times but till now their demand wasn’t met.

They said that after repeated reminders, the Jal Shakti department started work on the project and completed the scheme.

The locals while thanking the authorities said that they are hopeful that area will continue to get the supply on time.

They said that due this development their daily lives have become significantly easier.

Officials of the department said that area has been connected through Jal Jeevan Mission and now every household of the village is getting potable water.

They urged the community to use water judiciously, avoiding excessive consumption for non essential purposes and to refrain from using drinking water for agricultural or other uses.

Notably, the Jal Jeevan Mission, a flagship program, has been successful in extending tap water access to thousands of households in the Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory since its formation.

Jahangeer Ganaie

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

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