Women of Shaley valley carrying contaminated water on heads for drinking and cooking purposes.
By Gul Hammad Farooqi
CHITRAL: Women in Shali village of Chitral have to go through a tiresome and risky exercise everyday to fulfill their water needs. The women, holding bucket and drums, climb down a 1,000 feet high hill, get water from the river, and then climb up. This practice is their daily life routine.
Located 50km away from Chitral town, the residents of Shali village, which is located in Arkari Valley, are severely disappointed by the way the Public Health Engineering department has ignored their plight for long.
The women carrying water filled buckets on their heads climb up to reach their houses
“We don’t have clean drinking water getting supplied to our houses, because the pipes are damaged after heavy snowfall. We have to carry water in these buckets and canisters everyday moving up and down the hill”, said Zareena Bibi, a resident of the village. Others agreed, urging the district and provincial authorities to notice their situation and take measures to address the issue.
“We have to go to the river at least thrice a day – in the morning, afternoon and evening, to get water for drinking, cooking, washing and other uses”, said Bibi Amina, a woman carrying a yellow bucket, which is being reused after the cooking oil it originally contained has been consumed.
The women raised their buckets and canisters in front of the camera, symbolically protesting against the state of affairs. They appeal to the provincial chief minister for conducting of inquiry in all schemes and projects of water supply to ascertain that how many fund used actually and how many people are still deprived from potable drinking water despite that spending of million of rupees in papers. they also appeal for provision of potable clean drinking water. thanks to pamirtimes.net for uploading
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