Rayour village without potable water

A lady fetching water from the pond in Rayour village of Block Sumb in Samba district.
A lady fetching water from the pond in Rayour village of Block Sumb in Samba district.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, May 19: The representatives of the political parties are patting its back over the developmental issues but a hilly village namely Rayour of Panchayat Halqa, Karad in Block Sumb is craving for piped water supply since independence.
Even as the Department of Public Health and Engineering (PHE), now Jal Shakti had many times laid down supply pipes to supply potable water in this village but ironically, the residents of the village still dependent on ponds for water because the supply water is rarely come.
Satya Devi, resident of this village said that since independence they were drinking contaminated water. The pond water is the only sources of drinking water, however they repeatedly apprised the local administration about the acute scarcity of water that too in the months of scorching heat but every times, the officials concerned seems least bothered about them.
Another resident, Mohinder Paul said that after the independence, too much fake promises were made by different ruling representatives but on ground level they have done nothing for the development of the village. The village still lack good road connectivity, a proper middle school and other basic amenities such as electricity.
“Due to acute scarcity of water in the month of summer and irregular water supply made by the department concerned, we have to trek several kilometres to fetch drinking water from the Basanter River,” said Satya Devi.
When contacted PHE Executive Engineer, RK Gupta said that he was not agree with the claims of local and told that water supply was regularly maintained by the department concerned.


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