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Shangla residents complain of serious water shortage.

SHANGLA -- The residents of Dunai, Koz Kana and other areas here have complained about severe shortage of water saying the local springs have run dry as work on a tunnel for the 17 megawatts Karora hydropower project have blocked their water sources.

During a jirga in Dunai village of Kana tehsil on Wednesday, the local elders and youths insisted that the region had over a dozen springs, which the digging of the Karora project tunnel had dried up due to the diversion of their water sources, and therefore, the local residents faced serious water shortage.

They said the situation had forced the people to cover long distances to fetch water from Khan Khwar for domestic use. 'We've informed the Karora project's management many times about the problem, but to no avail to our misery,' said Amjad Khan, a local resident.

He said the region had no any permanent water scheme, while the people had set up small schemes to get water on their own but as their all water sources had run dry since the tunnel digging, the people were in trouble.

Social activist Tahseenullah Tasir said the water shortage had hit around 15,000 residents, who had to depend on a faraway spring.

He said the authorities should intervene and ensure supply of water to the locals.

Another resident, Gul Zahid, said it was difficult for them to fetch water from Khan Khwar, which was located in rugged terrain.

He said the people had formed a committee to take up the issue with the project's management for necessary measures. The resident said the committee had also planned to meet local MNA and MPA, district nazim and relevant authorities.

When contacted, project manager Abdul Tawab expressed ignorance about the issue but said if the people formally contacted him, water schemes would be launched on the deputy commissioner's recommendation.

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:May 3, 2018
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