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Women folk in Bagdoo-Pati Kachnambal-B village struggle amid snow for drinking water

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By: Sofi Ayaz VOV


Few kilometers away from Kangan, girl and other women folk from Bagdoo-Pati Kachnambal-B village daily move from their homes to a water source to get the drinking water in their utensils, much to the surprise, this village has not been connected with Jal Jeevan Mission to get tap water in their homes.

Bagdoo-Pati Kachnambal-B village barely 13 kms from Sub-division Kangan in Ganderbal District is yet to get drinking water facility with locals being forced to consume contaminated water of a local canal.The village comprises of over 60 households.

Locals from the village alleged that the government had “ignored the area completely and left it without any drinking water facility”.

They said they have to consume water from surrounding streams which can be dangerous in times of increased pollution and pose a serious threat to their health and well being.

The locals complained that although they had approached the Jal Shakti department Ganderbal many times and received assurance of getting the water supply soon “but no step has been taken by them in this matter so far”.

A local said Jal Shakti department Ganderbal ignored our area and blamed they they had taken up the issue with the Jal Shakti department on several occasions in the past but to no avail.

“The government claims the people are being provided all basic facilities, but we don’t even have drinking water facility,”a local resident said

He said they were forced to fetch water from a local canal adding “some people bring even fetch water from other streams .It is an embarrassment”.

Locals, especially children, he said, often suffer from gastrointestinal problems by consuming the contaminated water.

They appealed LG administration and DC Ganderbal to look into the matter.

Pic by Sofi Ayaz VOV

Pic by Sofi Ayaz VOV

Pic by Sofi Ayaz VOV

Pic by Sofi Ayaz VOV

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