Kupwara: Residents of Bumhama in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district are facing acute shortage of drinking water since Monday.

Notably, Bumhama is not very far from the Jal Shakti department’s head office in Kupwara.

Aggrieved locals told Curtain Raiser that they were facing acute shortage of water but the department despite being aware of the same has not bothered to restore the basic facility.

“The taps have run dry. We don’t have a drop of water to drink. Sadly, the Jal Shakti department despite being aware of this is doing nothing to address the problem,” said a local.

“We even requested the concerned lineman to restore supply but according to him, the landlord has locked the motor-room located near reservoir,” he added.

The landlord has locked the motor-room in protest against ‘unprecedented delay’ in providing job to his family member in lieu of land to the department.

“In 2018, government assured job to a member of family, who would have provided land to department but we are still made to wait for formal orders from the competent authority,” said landlord.

A local resident, who identified himself as Inayat Wani, said that the lineman refused to restore the supply citing motor-room being still under the lock.

Bagaat colony, which does not have an alternative source of water is worst hit, said Peerzada Shahid, a local resident.

If the supply was not restored without delay, we will be forced to hit streets in protest against the department, said Haji Ali Mohammad Mir, a local.

The residents appealed Kupwara Deputy Commissioner, Anshul Garg, to intervene and ensure restoration of water supply.

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