Shopian: Centuries-old watermill used to be major source of livelihood for Mohd Yousuf Thokar’s family and even his ancestors in southern Shopian district, for decades.
But for past many years, Thokar is struggling to make a living as customers rarely visit his mill for grinding maize or rice.
Thokar hardly makes between rupees 50 to 100, a day, he says.
The footfall at Thokar’s mill in Narapora area of Shopian has declined drastically over the years due to a significant advancement in technology.
The advancement has almost rendered age-old inventions and discoveries defunct putting dozens of watermills nearly to a standstill across Kashmir.
The mill, which grinds maize and rice into flour by using force of water requires a constant human effort during its operations.
The 70-year-old, Thokar is not the only person to have lost means of living.
Barely a Kilometer away from his mill, 72-year-old Mohammad Jabbar, who owns a water mill is also struggling to make a living.
The mill used to be his main source of income for decades but for past many years, his business has got badly impacted as people consume flour available in abundance in markets.
Jabbar sits idle most of the times waiting for customers at his mill.
What makes the matters worse for him is the fact his three educated sons are jobless.
“My sons can not even find manual work due to prevailing situation in Kashmir,” said Jabbar.