Kashmir Indepth

Dialgam village of Anantnag faces water scarcity, Govt unmoved


Anantnag, March 15 (KINS): For the last three years, residents of Brinty village in Dialgam area of Anantnag district are facing a water crisis.

A group of residents from Brinty village in Dialgam area of Anantnag district Sunday accused the authorities of neglecting them.

“Our village has been facing an acute shortage of water for three years. We apprised the officials about the same, but no action is being taken on the ground,” one of the villagers told Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).

He said even after holding protests many times, the authorities failed to provide them drinking water.

The residents said if their demand is not met they will be forced to hit the streets over the “callous attitude” of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department.

“The process of laying new water pipes was initiated three years ago but for the reasons known to authorities, the work was stalled in the middle and there was no headway,” they said.

“The only alternative for us is to walk up to an adjacent village from where we fetch the potable water from tube wells. We are forced to consume untreated water from ponds and rivulets which has led to several diseases to the locals in the past. The most affected areas are Vanpora, Badhdraman, Check e Brinty, Badhangan and other areas housing hundreds of households,” says a local Shameema.

 “Even when our village is located barely five kilometers away from the famous water spring of Achabal, which supplies water to about 60 villages, the authorities are unable to connect our villages with the water supply pipe network,” she added.

AEE PHE Division Anantnag Rayaz Ahmad said that the process of laying of new water pipes is currently on.

“We have been getting complaints of non-availability of water from this area since long after which we started a new water supply scheme for the said area. We are currently laying new pipes in the area and the work is going on. We are expecting to finish the pending work very soon,” Rayaz said.(KINS)

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