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Parts of Kashmir without drinking water

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 19:  Several areas in Kashmir are suffering shortage of drinking water.

In parts of the city, people said they have been without tap water for several days, with the authorities doing nothing to solve their problem.

“We have an acute shortage of water, and it is also hitting our preparations for the upcoming Eid-ul-Adha,” Abdul Gani, a resident of Chinar Colony, Natipora, in uptown here, said.

He said they apprised the authorities of Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department but to no avail.

“We are not even able to perform ablution,” he said.

He said most of the inhabitants were using water motors during the night hours to get some water.

Ali Mohammad Bhat, a resident of Zakura at the other end of the city, said they face water shortage most of the times.

“Only those residents who use motors at night get water. We have approached the officials concerned many a times, but our pleas have fallen on deaf ears,” he said.

Downtown residents also complain of water scarcity in their localities such as Saraf Kadal.

The residents of Tengpora echoed the similar complaints, saying they get tap water only for a few hours.

“We are facing an acute shortage of water and the authorities have turned a deaf ear towards our repeated pleas. They are making no efforts to ease our difficulties,” Bashir Ahmad, a local, said.

The problem, however, is not restricted to the city.

Ashik Ahmad, a resident of Baramulla, said they, too, do not have drinking water supply.

“We are not receiving tap water, but nobody seems bothered,” Ahmad, a resident of Chalkoo, Baramulla, said.

“We have been facing water shortage amid the scorching heat. We are fetching water from streams.”

Chief Engineer PHE Kashmir was not available to comment.