Karnah, June 8: The residents of Sadpora, a village in Karnah near Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, are facing hardships due to non-availability of water for irrigation to their fields as the water they receive from across the border has come to a halt.
The locals told GNS they used to utilize water allowed by the people from across the border but this season it has been stopped for unknown reasons.
“We used water from across the border after a routine flag meeting between the people from both sides including the civil and military authorities, but this year, the flow of water from across the border has been stopped for unknown reasons,” a local resident Zahoor Anjum told GNS. “This blockage has resulted in a catastrophe for us.”
“We have already apprised both the local civil and military administration with the hope that this issue is resolved very soon,” Anjum added.
Pertinently, each season a good chunk of land is cultivated in Kandi villages of this helmet exclusively on the water allowed by Pakistan. Now, there are apprehensions that hundreds of kanals of land could remain dry and unsown if water flow is not restored by the people from the other side of the fence.
SDM Karnah Dr. Ilyas told GNS that he would take up the matter with the military authorities for early redressal.
When contacted, Brigade Commander PK Mishra said that he would allow the prominent persons including sarpanches, lumberdars, and chowkidars to hold talks with their counterparts on the other side.