Authorities blame snowfall
At least eight hundred households in Harinara and Dasselpora villages of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district are facing acute shortage of drinking water over past 5 decades, leaving residents worried.
As per residents, the twin villages of Harinara and Dasselpora fall under the jurisdiction of Singpora block in Pattan, and “government has failed to provide any water supply scheme over the years.”
Zareena Begum, a local of Dasselpora village told Rising Kashmir that villagers have to fetch water from 2 kilometers to get a drinking water.
“During harsh winters, it is very difficult to fetch drinking water from nearby villages which are 2-3 kilometers away from our village,” She said.
Begum said women of these areas are facing countless problems and government has failed to resolve our pending demand over the past 50 years.
Another local Showkat Ahmad Dar said severe shortage of drinking water throughout the year has compelled them to drink polluted water.
“We are using the same polluted water for other purposes, due to which waterborne diseases have increased in the area. Dozens of villagers are suffering from diseases like itchiness, jaundice and other skin related infections,” he said.
Dar said they are concerned with the health conditions in the village, and the government’s negligence has made them vulnerable to water borne diseases.
Sarpanch of Harinara village Mohammad Shafi Bhat, said despite they have made repeated pleas to the administration but “things remained unchanged on the ground.”
“We knocked door of every concerned department. They assured to resolve the problem but nothing happened,” they said.
Bhat said although officials assured special water tankers for the villages but authorities rarely visit the villages.
“How can one tanker of water be sufficient for seven hundred households,” he questioned.
Executive Engineer (PHE), Division Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom Choudhary told Rising Kashmir that new scheme has been sanctioned for these villages to the tune of 49 crore rupees.
“We have sanctioned Regional Parihaspora water supply scheme for 49 crore rupees and land has been already acquired at Parihaspora,” he said.
Choudhary said that the problems of the villages will be resolved after authorities start taking water from Sindh Nallah at Shadipora.
Talking about delay of issuing water tankers to the areas, Choudhary said the recent snowfall has delayed the delivery of water tankers to the area, adding, “The roads were blocked, otherwise water would have been provided regularly to the areas.”