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Sanctioned 10 years ago, water plant in Durapora Shopian remains a pipe dream

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Shopian, September 05: Residents of Durapora village of South Kashmir’s Shopian district alleged that the proposed water plant, conceptualized and sanctioned almost 10 years ago, in the area has not been given any practical shape yet.

They said that there are a number of fresh water springs available in the area but the authorities are supplying the water of these springs to other areas, while as the residents of Durapora are relying on a single tube well for drinking water needs.

“All the paper work related to the water plant has been completed, however, the authorities are citing the non-availability of funds as a reason for not being able to give it a practical shape,” they added.

They further said that the tap water is being supplied from a rivulet and a canal to their area, which are located near Nunmai area, and most of the times the pipeline breaks down as a result polythene and other waste material enter these pipes.

One of the residents of village, Manzoor Ahmad Ganie said, “Our area is rich in water resources but the authorities are taking no advantage of it; instead, we are being compelled to use impure water.”

“Most of the residents in Durapora area have installed electric water pumps which they have connected to different springs in order to fetch water, but those who cannot afford to buy these water pumps have no other choice but to rely on impure water,” he added.

When contacted Executive Engineer Public Health Engineering (PHE), Pulwama Ghulam Ahmad Beigh, he said, “I am well aware about the matter and in coming days the PHE department will initiate steps to solve the issue.”

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