Residents protest water scarcity in Pulwama village

PULWAMA: The residents of Koil village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday protested against water scarcity in the village from last two months.
The residents blocked the Awantipora-Pulwama road for some time causing inconvenience to the commuters.
The residents accused the authorities of not taking any initiative to mitigate the problems of the villagers and said that the acute water scarcity was inflicting sufferings on the residents.
“Since December the taps in the village have been dry and the approach of the authorities has added to the vows of the people here,” said Fayaz Ahmad, a protestor.
The protestors said that the woman folk in the village have been fetching water from nearby streams which can take toll on the health of people.
Another resident Naseer Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that village was getting water from local water supply scheme but from two months the scheme is not functioning well.
The authorities have been informed regarding the non-functioning of said water supply scheme but till date nothing had been done, he said.
The residents said that if authorities fail to provide water they would be forced to protest that can even cause greater inconvenience to people.
Executive Engineer PHE Pulwama/Shopian Nisar Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the spring source has depleted and the issue would be resolved in a week.
He added that the villagers would be supplied water by tankers till the issue is resolved.

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