Public drinking water points lying defunct in Handwara

All public drinking water points in Handwara are lying defunct due to non-maintenance by the municipal authorities.

The locals of the town while accusing the Municipal Committee Handwara of negligence toward these points said the facilities installed years ago have never been maintained by the MCH.

They said they have to buy the water bottles from the market or have to request the tea stalls/shopkeepers for a glass of water. “The lack of this facility is affecting the common people,” said Abdul Ahad of Handwara.

The town witnesses huge public footfall as people from more than 150 villages come here daily for shopping, labour, employment and other things. “These people suffer as they could not find tap water at the public places,” Ahad said.    

“We appeal to the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to enquire into the non-maintenance of these water points,” said Nazir Ahmad a teacher.

When contacted Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Anshul Garg said he will ask the chairman MCH Handwara to address the issue.

“The members have been elected for the purpose to serve the local people. I will ask them to provide the drinking water facility in the town,” Garg told Greater Kashmir.