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Women and children trek miles to fetch drinking water in Shopian village

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By: Muzamil Bhat CK


The government is saying that they will ensure drinking water facility reaches every village, but in Sedow village of Shopian and many other villages nearby such drinking water facility has not arrived yet.

With the result most of the women and children have to trek miles to get the drinking water from the open sources of water. This practice they have to carry even during the winters especially amid snow because there is no other source of water available to them near their village.

While the report about the ordeal of women and children in these villages of Shopian KNT in its report on Tuesday has said as follows.

Women carrying utensils and pitchers were seen walking by foot amid snowfall in Sedow village of Shopian to fetch water for their families.

Locals told news agency Kashmir News Trust that for the past six months they have been facing acute water shortage but the concerned department has been doing nothing to mitigate their sufferings.

“After repeatedly visiting the concerned department, a water tanker has started arriving in the village from the past couple of days. Taps are completely nonfunctional in this village,” said a villager, Abdul Rehman.

Every morning, Sedow village women are seen marching to fetch water from adjacent villages. Mostly, it is the women and children who take the burden of carrying water. Villagers said that almost half of the far-flung villages of Shopian are reeling under the crisis.

“It is very painful to see our mothers and daughters fetching water from far-off places in this snowfall. We request District Development Commissioner Shopian to look into the matter and direct the concerned department to resolve the issue,” the villagers said.

With KNT inputs

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