Srinagar, June 11: Apni Party (AP) District President Anantnag Abdul Rahim Rather Saturday said that due to some irrigation issues, many areas of south Kashmir’s Anantnag seem to be on the brink of a drought-like situation and yet the authorities are in slumber.
In a statement issued here, Rather said, “A vast area of District Anantnag, including the villages falling in the newly demarcated Dooru Assembly Constituency, which is dependent on NallahBrenghi for the irrigation, is facing scarcity of water since the Nallah has developed sinkholes near Wandevalgam village of Kokernag during the past winter.”
“The villages which are hit include Nagam, Soaf, Kandiwara, Khalhar, Hiller, Bhai, Arhama, Mohripora, Bodasgam, Deheruna, Badoora, Hardpora, Damhal, Hakura, Khoshipora, Brenti, Lisser-Chawalgam, Bamdoora, Voie, Woterhal, Geebum, Goswanigund, Zaldoor, and Chakpath. All of these villages also depend on this Nallah for drinking water,” he said.
Abdul Rahim Rather further said that most of the agricultural activity in these villages is the cultivation of paddy and the acute shortage of water has posed threat to this crop.
“People affiliated with agriculture are under a shock and feel helpless as the concerned authorities have not been able to restore the irrigation facility so far. Notably, this is the time for transplanting the plants in the sapling fields,” he said.
Rather urged the authorities to ensure water supply is restored to the affected villages as soon as possible.
“Any further delay in repairs and restoration of the irrigation will leave the fields barren and a huge loss to the farming community of this vast area,” Rather said.