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Rakhama village in Shopian faces acute water shortage, people suffer

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Shopian, Oct 11: Residents of Rakhama village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district have complained about the irregular water supply in their village while alleging that they are being forced to consume water of canals which is impure and unhygienic.

Residents here said that whenever there is non-availability of drinking water in their area they have to fetch it from a spring which is located very far from the village. “For other purposes, we collect the water from streams and canals which is impure.”

One of the residents of the village, Mohd Ishaq, said, “we have approached the concerned authorities several times but it seems they only hear our complaints but take no action to solve them.”

“Local employees are saying that the width of pipeline installed in our area is not sufficient to maintain the required flow of water as it should be 3 inches for two villages but it has only one inch of width which further divides to half inch,” he added.

Talking to Kashmir images, the cook of a government school of the village Zamrooda Akhter said, “They face a lot of inconvenience while preparing meals for the students because they are supposed to travel half a mile to fetch the water for cooking purposes.”

When contacted Executive Engineer PHE Shopian Division, Nissar Ahmad Shah, he said, “My department has taken-up the matter with AEE PHE of the said area who assured to solve the issue of water crisis in coming days.”

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