by Sheikh Mustafa
SRINAGAR: The villagers of Lachipora-A in tehsil Boniyar of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are facing acute drinking water shortage amid the ongoing pandemic and especially at a time when the winter is at peak.
“The water supply scheme has been installed before 4 decades from a fountain of Baranawar Behak area which has turned old now,” said Farooq Ahmad Mir, a local.
“The water scheme is completely defunct but unfortunately the PHE department is not repairing it. We are forced to drink the polluted water from a nearby river,” Mir said.
“There is no other source of drinking water in the village. At least five thousand population of this village are facing a number of hardships,” said Mohammad Maqbool Sheikh, another local.
He said that they approached the concerned department a number of times but nothing was done till date. “Not a single PHE employee visits to this God-forsaken village. We have been left at God’s mercy,” he added.
When contacted Executive Engineer Hydraulic sub division Uri Mohammad Iqbal Bazaz he said, “we have proposed a new scheme for Lachipora under Jal Jeven Mission and it has been approved in the district action plan.”
“Project reports are under formulation, the project will be completed within one or two years and they don’t see any problem,” he said.