Tarhama Area of Tangmarg Facing Acute Water Shortage



Water Bonds: Gade Khud and Najan are being supplied ground water through a tube well from Urin, another village of Sonawari since last year. And once in a week they are also supplied water through Diver-Parihaspora water scheme.
Villagers walk almost a kilometre to fetch drinking water.

Inhabitants of Hajam Mohalla in Tarhama area of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district are living in apathy as the village has no drinking water supply facility.

The village faces acute drinking water scarcity due to lack of facility.

A decade back the village had no water scarcity issue as the wells were source of pure water; however, over the years the construction of swage trenches mushroomed which contaminated the water of wells.

“Every household in the village has a sewage trench; the sewage percolates through soil and gets mixed with water of wells,” Mohammad Rafiq, a local told Kashmir Life. “Now, whoever drinks the water from these wells, he suffers from water borne diseases.”

The locals complain that every now and then the village sees outbreak of cholera and diarrhoea resulting from consumption of water from wells.

“The villagers have to walk a kilometre to fetch drinking water from the tapes in neighbouring village,” another local, Ali Mohammad Said.

The villagers said that they had approached the Sub-Division Public Health Engineering Department Pattan for installation of water supply pipes, however, they blamed that the authorities did not show any positive response.

Notably, Mohammad Abass Wani, PDP Lawmaker from Tangmarg, raised the issue of drinking water scarcity in his constituency in the assembly last week.


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