Langate residents decry water crisis

Raja Akbar

Langate,Nov,09 (KNS): Residents of various villages of Langate in north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Monday complained they were without drinking water from last couple of yaers and the concerneddepartmentis watching mute spectator.

According to KNS Correspondent dozens villages in Langate constituency of Kupwara district are facing acute water scarcity with many people drinking unhygienic water of river Pharoo which poses them serious threat to get infected with water borne diseases.

Reports said People from Pharoo area alleged that they are facing grave hardships due to shortage of drinking water and are forced to drink contaminated water of river Pharoo.

According to the residents the women of this area are being forces to fetch the water from steams were animals too drink the water.

“There is no drinking water in our village and we are forced to drink contaminated water of canals which is unhygienic and health hazardous for us,” said Neelofar Gull of Kultoora Langate.

Another women from Guloora village Meema Beagum also complained of drinking water shortage.“We are being compelled to walk 3-4 kilometers everyday to fetch water from a canal here. Government has been promising us to provide drinking water to our village from a long time now, but nothing has happened so far in this regard,”

Another lady said "There is no drinking water facility in our area and we have been forced to drink water that gets accumulated in the paddy fields, while as the government launched a water supply scheme some 2 years back but it has never worked for us"

Similarly, thousands of people living in the area of Pharoo are facing drinking water shortage,the acute water scarcity in this area has become usual as authorities are taking no measures to address the problem.
When contacted Exn PHE Handwara Zubir Ah he said,"that this year Water resources such as streams, rivers and reservoirs dry up in summers due to high temperature which leads to water storage, I assure the people bof area with in 10days your concern matter will be solved on fast track bases.(KNS) 

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