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Residents suffer as two tribes at loggerhead over water supply scheme in Jamrud

Residents suffer as two tribes at loggerhead over water supply scheme in Jamrud
March 13, 2018

JAMRUD: Dispute between two tribes in Jamrud over distribution of water from a supply scheme deprived hundreds of families of potable water in Jamrud teshil of Khyber Agency.

Local residents said that Ghalani and Khare Dame tribes were at loggerhead over distribution of water from a water supply scheme in Jamrud.

They said the scheme was completed in 2016 at a cost of Rs5 million to provide water to the residents of both tribes.

They maintained that the contractor of the project spread a one-kilometer long pipeline from Sheen Tang area to supply water to a water tank constructed at a height at Khare Dame tribe side.

They added that Khare Dami tribesmen would cut off water supply to hundreds of houses of Ghalnai tribe located in low laying areas.

Infuriated over the non-supply of water, Ghalni tribesmen damaged the main pipeline after which water supply stopped to tribesmen of both tribe.

Talking to Tribal News Network, Haji Salam said that they have been facing immense problems to fetch water from other areas and said that a jirga convened on Friday would hopefully resolve the dispute.

“A jirga is scheduled on Friday and I am hopeful that the issue will be settled,” he hoped. It should be noted that member National Assembly from Khyber Agency Alhaj Shah Gul got the water supply scheme approved at a cost of Rs5 million. Locals said that they would involve the MNA if the jirga failed to resolve the issue.


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