Sopore’s Adipora village faces drinking water crisis for over a decade

Sopore’s Adipora village faces drinking water crisis for over a decade

Residents seek immediate action from administration

Waris Fayaz

Sopore, Nov 22 : The residents of Rehmatabad Adipora, Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district have been grappling with severe drinking water challenges for over a decade. They accuse the Jal Shakhti department of ignoring their “grave” concerns.

Speaking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the residents said they have been struggling with the severe safe drinking water crisis, which has not only persisted with the passage of time but has worsened, leaving them in a state of distress.

Despite being informed of the situation several times and the village’s ongoing struggle for safe drinking water, the concerned Jal Shakhti Department in Sopore has allegedly not paid any attention to their miseries, the villagers alleged.

“The lack of drinking water supplies is forcing us to rely on untreated water from nearby sources, which poses not only a significant health risk but also affects our daily lives,” said Shehzad Ahmed, a local resident.

The residents said they have been relying on wells and makeshift water storage facilities, but these are seen as only temporary rather than long-term solutions. There is an urgent need for a serious administrative intervention to alleviate our hardships, Ahmed said.

“We wrote to the concerned authorities, including Deputy Commissioner Baramulla, time and again, but to no avail. Our pleas seem to have fallen on deaf ears,” said another resident.

A recent letter dated 05-08-2022, accessed by KNO, reveals that Deputy Commissioner Baramulla has written to the Executive Engineer PHE Division Sopore, directing the department to take appropriate necessary action under rules to address the grievances of Rehmatabad Adipora residents.

Despite taking to the streets multiple times to press their genuine demand, the residents claim that the concerned department has miserably failed to take any concrete steps, leaving them in a prolonged state of misery.

Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) of Jal Shakhti Watlab, Manzoor Ahmed, while acknowledging the situation, told KNO that the issue pertaining to Adipora and its surroundings is expected to be resolved under the Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) before the end of the financial year.

“The area is receiving supplies from the Watlab scheme, which is intact, but the only issue is the lack of an upgrade to the water supply pipes, which is causing problems,” he said.

“The project for the same has been approved, and soon a tender will be floated. The issue is expected to be resolved by the end of this financial year,” the official added—(KNO)

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