Amid biting-cold, Anantnag’s Sirhama village decry adequate water facilities

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by Sumiya Ramzan

Srinagar

The residents of Sirhama village in south Kashmir’s Anantnag are up in arms against Public Health Engineering [PHE] department for failing to provide adequate water facilities in the area.

The residents alleged that they struggle with continuous water shortage and despite repeated pleas, no one pays attention to the ‘genuine’ crisis. “Due to the crisis our womenfolk are forced to fetch water from other sources like wells and rivulets for their daily household chores,” said one of the residents, Nazir Ahmad.

The residents said that despite the government’s freshwater scheme launched in the village years back, the water taps in the village runs completely dry. “Some of the residents appeared to be ‘blue-eyed’ get fresh water and rest bear the brunt,” said another villager, Gulzar Ahmad.

The residents blamed the authorities at the PHE department for providing the facility only to 40 percent of the people. “The move to provide freshwater was a worthwhile initiative by the government but among 1200, households only 400, get freshwater,” said another resident, Abdul Rashid. “Isn’t this favouritism then?’’

Appealing the government, the residents have sought early redressal of the grievance.

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