YB WEB DESK. Dated: 1/23/2021 2:12:02 PM

KAMRAN KHAN Bhadarwah Jan 22 After waiting for decades for the district administration and 'Jal Shakti Vibhag' to provide piped water supply to their village, the residents of Thanhala Panchayat in Jammu and Kashmir’s additional district Bhadarwah pooled in money to buy pipes in order to start potable water supply to their village by themselves. The poor daily wage labourers all of them belonging to BPL (Below Poverty Families) from the village collected Rs 40 thousands for purchasing 600 meter length pipes to connect them to the water source, from where they can tap to bring it to their village. To get money to lay the pipes, most villagers had to sell their harvest, while a few even took advance payment from the contractors they are working with. About 20 families live in the village in the lap of mighty Ashapati glacier, and had no piped water supply even after seven decades of Independence, causing them problems in everyday life, not to mention the miseries they, particularly womenfolk have to face to collect the water during extreme cold wave conditions. Thanhala is just 1.5 km from the interstate Bhaderwah- Chamba road and the village is the last village of Jammu and Kashmir located near Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh, and the villagers depend on the labour work in nearby Bhadarwah town to make a living. Despite 'Har Ghar Nal Yojna' under 'Jal Jeevan Mission', villagers claim that none of the household are connected with piped water supply. "I just earn @ Rs 400 a day from the labour work and with great difficulty, I try to make both ends meet. But to save the lives of our womenfolk, who risk their lives every day to collect the water in extreme weather conditions, I have been contributing half of my earning every day since last one month to by plastic pipes," said Ijaz Ahmed of Thanhala village. When contacted ADC Bhadarwah Rakesh Kumar said,"I was not aware of the problem these poor villagers are facing. To provide potable water to every household is our priority and the area being rich in natural water resources, I will ask authorities 'Jal Shakti Vibhag' Bhadarwah to make temporary arrangements to provide piped water to the village in view of extreme cold wave conditions unless gravity line is laid under 'Jal Jeevan Mission'.


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