It was the year 2013, when residents of Gund Khawjaqasim village in north Kashmir's Baramulla district rejoiced after former chief minister Omar Abdullah laid the foundation stone for a water supply scheme and ensured an end to the woes of the locals.
However, four years on, what existed at the proposed site are the foundation stone and the map of the water supply scheme. "The foundation stone has proved its epitaph. The scheme awaits implementation to this day," locals rued.
Gh Ali, a local said the entire area is craving for potable water. "Water borne diseases are rampant," he said.
The scheme which was launched in the year 2013-14 at an estimated cost of 366 lakhs for a projected population of 6136 souls was likely to cover the population of four villages which include, Gund Khawja, Habak Tangoo, Kantherbugh and Shaliboon.
As part of the scheme the authorities were likely to construct slow sand filtration plant with a capacity of 0.085 MGD. The scheme if started would have benefitted a large population which otherwise is dependent on a stream which is main source of water born disease in the area.
"All sewerage pipes are connected to the stream water of which we use for drinking water. While if we dream to have better tap water we had to move to a village called as Sadirshah village which falls in Budgam district. Our problem is never been addressed by the successive regimes and we are being treated as second class citizen by the authorities" said Gh Ahmad Dar of Habak Tangoo.