10 years on, mega lift irrigation scheme awaits completion in Pulwama’s Chakoora

Jahangeer Ganaie
Jahangeer Ganaie

A mega lift irrigation scheme in Chakoora village of Litter Tehsil in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district is awaiting completion, affecting growers.

Locals told news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), that after repeated pleas, a scheme was approved for the area and soon work on said scheme was started but since then around a decade has passed but we are yet to witness any positive sign in this regard.

They said that around 80 percent of work was completed but it has been suspended for the past two years due to unknown reasons.

“We don’t have any irrigation facilities available to our orchards due to which we are suffering in the summer season and have to rely on rain water only,” said Sameer Ahmad, a local resident.

He said that after work on the scheme was started, many growers cut down their almond orchards which require less water and planted apple trees as they expected the scheme will provide them irrigation facilities but that did not happen.

Orchardists were earning their livelihood from almonds but after planting apple trees, they are suffering due to the shortfall of rains, he added.

Locals said that due to unavailability of irrigation, trees are drying up and production remains very low besides being less delicious and small in size.

“We provided land at a very low cost for the scheme but the compensation too was not paid so far,” they said adding, they brought the issue into the notice of the concerned several times to no avail.

The concerned executive engineer Er Fareed told KNO that the scheme awaits completion because of some issues with land donors over compensation.

“Earlier there were very few funds for compensation. But land donors are seeking full compensation due to which work on the scheme got delayed. Around 80 percent of the work on the scheme is complete and revised DPR for compensation component has been submitted to the higher ups,” he added.

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