Kupwara’s Muqam-e-Shahwali without potable water since months


Residents of Muqam-e-Shahwali in north Kashmir’s Kupwara on Wednesday accused the PHE department putting them in hardships by not providing them with the potable water for the last six months.

They said many residents of the village have been allotted the water connections while several others are deprived of the facility. “The field staff provides connections to influential or against monetary considerations,” the locals alleged.

The residents of Hajam Mohalla and Kumar Mohalla alleged that the water pipes at many places have either got damaged or have been stolen.

“We have many times apprised the concerned Executive Engineer Kupwara of our sufferings but despite assurances, nothing was done to alleviate them,” Ghulam Mohammad, a local said.

Last month, when GNS called concerned executive engineer PHE Kupwara regarding providing the water connection to people of the village, he assured that field staff would be deputed for inspection. “So far, the team has not visited the village,” the villagers said.

The GNS again visited the officer a fortnight ago regarding the people’s woes, and the executive engineer again assured that “within two days, the problem will be solved”. “Fifteen days have passed but the problem has not been resolved.”

The same issue also brought into the notice of Commissioner Secretary PHE who asked the concerned officer to redress the issue which still remains unresolved.

Meanwhile, the locals of the area have appealed the Governor led the administration to look into the issue and deal strictly with the officers for “dereliction of duties which caused immense hardship for us”.  (GNS)

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