Acute water shortage hits Kishtwar villages

Most populous areas of block Drabshalla in Kishtwar district are facing severe water scarcity due to the alleged mismanagement of concerned department and also due to most of the streams in the having dried up.
They said that during the election campaign all politicians visited the area and assured them to provide drinking water but after the culmination of the elections no one turned up to address the sufferings of people, they have maintained.
Some women said that they have to travel miles for fetching the drinking water.
The taps are running dry from past several months and only few drops of water released from concerned reservoirs after a long gap of days,” said a local woman.
Failure of authorities to restore the water supply in the areas has triggered anger and frustration among the locals.
“Despite our repeated requests the PHE department has failed to restore the water supply to our area.
The aggrieved inhabitants alleged the authorities of turning a deaf ear to a long time and repeated requests and appealed the higher authorities PHE to look into the matter and direct the concerned authorities to restore the water supply at the earliest.
The residents complained that they are also facing power shortage but the government is not paying any heed to mitigate their sufferings.
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