Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharif villages protest against Doodh Ganga water Supply scheme

Chadoora, Chrar-e-Sharif villages protest against Doodh Ganga water Supply scheme

“We won’t allow the project to be developed as it will affect our water supply,” said a protester. “The government is constructing the project against the public will.”

Protests erupted in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday against a proposed water supply scheme sourced from Doodh Ganga river.

People from twin constituencies of Chrar-e-Sharief and Chadoora fear the scheme being developed by Economic Reconstruction Agency or the ERA will dry up half-a-dozen water supply schemes, already fed on Doodh Ganga.

“We won’t allow the project to be developed as it will affect our water supply,” said a protester. “The government is constructing the project against the public will.”

The protesters alleged that they had approached the officials to put forth their reservations, but “nobody has heeded our concern so far”.

“We have already approached concerned officials but no action was taken until ERA started constructing a tributary near Nowhar village out of Doodhganga canal few months back,” said another protester. “We would be left with no water to irrigate our lands if the project is completed.”

Sarpanch Ghula Muhammad Raina said the scheme will lead to a drought-like situation in the area.

“We already face shortage of water and this scheme will lead to drought. It would be beneficial to all if the same project is sourced from Haji Gund place located near Doodh Ganga,” he suggested.

The Deputy Commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf Ahmad told Greater Kashmir that nine water supply schemes feeding fifty-one villages of Chadoora and Charar-e-Sharif constituencies will be augmented under the ERA project.

“These local villages will be provided water supply from the project on priority basis. The rest of the water will be supplied to Srinagar as part of the project,” he said.