Feb 18: More than 1800 government schools in Kashmir are without safe drinking
water facility, forcing the students to consume water from open and unhygienic
document of Directorate School Education accessed by The Kashmir Monitor
reveals that in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district, more than 150 schools lack
safe drinking water facility.
in South Kashmir’s Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian districts, more than
200, 120, 70 and 80 schools respectively are without drinking water facility.
in North Kashmir’s Baramulla, Bandipora and Kupwara districts, more than 270,
540, and 580 schools respectively lack drinking water facility.
the Right of Children to free Education (RTE) Act 2009, the provision of safe
and adequate drinking water facilities in schools is mandatory. However,
students studying in these schools drink water from open sources making them
vulnerable to diseases.
is no drinking water available in our school. Many students drink water from
nearby stream or storage tank which is not safe. Many of my classmates suffered
from diarrhea after consuming water from a water storage tank in their school,”
said Aiman, a student of Government Middle School at Qazipora in Bandipora
Education Department has listed schools without drinking water facility under
the languishing projects. Twenty three of these projects are languishing from
more than five years.
estimated cost for providing drinking water facility to schools is around Rs
1359 lakh. “The project is expected to be completed by March 25,” the document
completion of languishing unfunded projects, the education department has
constituted Project Implementation Agency (PIA).
Gopal Sharma, Deputy Director Planning, School of Education said around 116
projects have been sanctioned in Jammu and Kashmir of which 16 have been
completed and work on rest is going on.
Project Report (DPR) of drinking water facility from ten districts has been
sanctioned. We have allotted work to Public Health Department (PHE) and the
project will be completed by March 25,” Sharma said.