Srinagar, July 23: Residents of Nara, Batapora areas of Hazratbal Srinagar on Saturday expressed resentment against the pathetic approach of the Jal Shakti Department for failing to lay water supply pipelines in the area despite assurances given a year ago.
The locals said due to the absence of water supply lines, the residents have been facing acute water shortages for many months.
Inhabitants told Rising Kashmir that in this rising mercury, they are forced to fetch water from nearby areas. They said every day they transport drinking water from the adjoining areas.
We are regularly appealing to the concerned department to redress our issues. However, every time they assure us that their problem will be redressed soon, but as of yet, to no avail.
Residents went on to say that, after hectic efforts, the department agreed to upgrade water pipes in the area and even installed new pipelines in the locality. However, the department has around 10–12 pipes that are yet to be installed, resulting in the common people of this locality facing inconvenience.
The locals say that this area is just 12 kilometers away from the city center; the authorities have abandoned the area, leaving people to survive under tough circumstances.
They said the same situation emerged last year when the area witnessed a grave shortage of drinking water supply. However, after highlighting the matter through print and electronic media, the officials of the Jal Shakti Department assured the senior citizens of the area that an adequate number of water pipes would be laid in the area to resolve the matter.
Abdul Hamid, a local, told Rising Kashmir, "Every household in the area is paying water dues regularly." Despite all this, the area is sans water supply and no official bothered to take a call on our pleas. "
The department is claiming they are providing water facilities to people, but our demand is to address the issue once and for all.
We are surprised that the department left this work midway after falling short of some water pipes.
They appealed to Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha and officials of the concerned department to take a compassionate call on the long pending demands of residents and ensure their resolution at the earliest.
Jagmeet Singh, Executive Engineer, PHE, Division Ganderbal told Rising Kashmir the area is located at the tail end of the city. He said every passing year the population is increasing area due to which the area is facing a water shortage.
Singh said that he will send the team to this area to review the status of the ongoing work. Till permanent arrangements are made, the department will find alternatives to supply water to people.