Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and Member of Parliament Muzaffar Hussain Baig has urged upon the government to resolve the water supply scheme issue in Chadoora as per consensus and take people in confidence. The former deputy chief minister of the state said the people in the area are opposing the scheme as they fear it’s operation will reduce the water level in Doodh Ganga that will impact irrigation for agriculture. “Instead of using force on agitating residents, the government should sit with the people and listen to their grievances. The people should be taken into confidence and the government should think of their security,” Baig told KNS. The former finance minister said that if 42 villages fear that they will get affected, the government should take the suggestions from engineers of public health engineering and flood control about the construction of the scheme. Protests have gripped Chrar-e-Sharief and Chadoora following the villagers’ opposition to construct water supply scheme as they fear the scheme, constructed by Economic Reconstruction Agency, will dry up water supply schemes which are already built on Doodh Ganga stream. The District administration vide order number DDCB/Doodh Ganga/7087-88, Dated 15-10-2015, has also asked the ERA to re-examine the scheme to Hanzigund near Flour Mills in Chadoora as it is the suitable juncture which has adequate flow during the year.
2015 Kashmir Despatch