December 27, 2020

10 years on, Ashtangoo water supply scheme fails to provide drinking water to residents

Bandipora: Even after passing of more than ten years, the ambitious water supply scheme (WSS)—Ashtangoo is yet to be completed forcing people to fetch dirty water from nearby stream because there is no proper water supply in the area.

Locals said the construction of the water supply scheme in Ashtangoo was started in 2010 by Jal-Shakti division Bandipora but the scheme is yet to be completed due to which people are facing difficulties.

The locals said that they are forced to consume contaminated water directly from a nearby canal as the village doesn’t have any provision of potable water.

They said that the scheme was to benefit around 500 households of the villages including Badiyara, Kanbethi, Ghat and Ashtangoo but the villagers have been left high and dry as the scheme is yet to be completed despite the passing of more than 10 years.

“We are being forced to fetch dirty water from nearby stream because there is no proper water supply in the area,” the locals said, adding that despite repeated attempts to district administration nothing positive happened on ground.

The villagers alleged that a narrow pipeline was laid in the area that can’t pump water from source to the end user. They said it seems that the pipeline was laid just to draw money from state exchequer and hoodwink the higher authorities.

They also said that Jal-Shakti department has left them on god’s mercy, adding that the department has miserably failed to provide drinking water to them

The villagers earlier also registered a protested against the concerned Department and demanded a probe into the alleged misappropriation of funds, meant for providing water supply to the inhabitants.

The Villagers also appealed the concerned authorities to pay attention to the area and restore the water supply without further delay.

They also seeking stern action involved officials who are involved in the failure of the scheme after using fund worth Crores time to time.


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