There years ago the Department of Public Health Engineer and Water Supplies installed equipment to dig a borewell in village Pinglish to solve the south Kashmir hamlet’s decades-old potable water issue.
Following acute shortage of potable water in Pinglish village of Tral area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district Pulwama, the department laid the machinery and pipes to start work on a water supply project.
However, after three years, the work is yet to be started and the machinery has not even been moved from the village.
Locals said that while the machinery was rusting in the village, the villages continue to face acute shortage of potable water for the past many years.
“People were happy when the machinery reached the village not realising that this was some kind joke played on them,” said the village Sarpanch Abdul Rasheed. “We are facing acute shortage of water and during winter our problems get compounded.”
Locals said that the department did not even bother to take the machinery back which clearly showed how serious it was about solving the water crisis in the area.
“We even requested the authorities to at least take the machinery back but they didn’t even do that,” they said.
Executive Engineer PHE Awantipora Division, Reyaz Ahmad said, “These projects couldn’t be completed due to the pandemic. I assure that the work on digging the borewell will be started in March.”