Shopian villages crave for potable water

Greater Kashmir

In absence of proper drinking water supply, inhabitants of Chotipora, Nai basti and Sedow are forced to travel to other areas to fetch water.

Residents of many villages of this south Kashmir district are facing immense inconvenience due to scarcity of drinking water.  

In absence of proper drinking water supply, inhabitants of Chotipora, Nai basti and Sedow are forced to travel to other areas to fetch water.

“We have to brave cold weather and walk several kilometers to fetch drinking water from a leaking pipeline meant for other village” said Abdul Hameed, a local. 

Women of these villages have to wait for hours together in long queues to get drinking water from the pile. “If this pipe is repaired, we may lose this lone water source. Ironically, the PHE department despite our persistent demand has failed to connect our villages with pipelines for regular water supply,” said the residents of Nai basti Chotipora.

When contacted, the Executive Engineer PHE Shopian, Ghulam Ahmad Beigh said the department is working to resolve the problem. 

“A supply pipe for Sedow was burst and it has frozen at many places due to which we are unable to supply water to the village. We are trying to restore water supply to the affected villages. We also plan install many new lines at the Chotipora village so that every household can get drinking water,” he added.