Protests against water scarcity in Kupwara, residents block road

Residents of Shontipora village in Kralpora Kupwara Monday blocked the Kupwara-Chowkibal road to protest against the non-availability of potable water supply in the area for a month now.

The protesters including women alleged that the negligence of the authorities forced them to come on roads.

“The water supply pipeline is damaged for a month now and the officials are yet to repair the line, leaving this area without drinking water for over a month. We visited every concerned official of the Public Health Engineering but they are passing the buck. Even we went to Deputy Commissioner’s office, he forwarded our application to Executive Engineer PHE,” said Ghulam Nabi Khan.

He further said, “When we contacted Ex En he forwarded the application to Assistant Executive Engineer who then assured us that we will repair the line in a day. But after a few days when the line was not repaired we again went to his office, he again assured repairing within a day, but a month has passed the officials are yet to be seen on ground which today forced us to block the road,” Khan said.

Another local of the area said, “I pay the water tax amount nearly a thousand rupees yearly then why cannot I have water.”

“We are again asking the officials to pay heed to our pleas otherwise we have to take some harsh steps against their negligence,” he said.

“The people at the helm of affairs don’t feel the sufferings of common people. Our women have to walk long distances to fetch water in this scorching heat.”

After the protesters blocked the road for hours, police and a team from district administration on the directions of Tehsildar Karlpora reached the spot and assured the villagers that they will take up the matter with the concerned officials and their grievance will be redressed.

“I have sent a team to the area to look into the matter and needed action will be initiated,” said Tariq Ahmad, Tehsildar Kralpora.