Attending the opening ceremony were Nagorno-Karabakh prime-minister Araik Harutyunyan, head of the construction department under the government Karen Shahramanyan, minister of education Valeri Khachatryan, deputy of the National Assembly Armen Ohanyan, head of the Hadrut administration Valeri Gevorgyan, Hayastan Fund Executive Director Ara Vardanyan, Deputy Director Ararat Khlghatyan, mayor of Azokh Gevorg Gevorgyan, dozens of residents of the community.
The new water-distribution system, which is sourced from the Ishkhanaget River, comprises a water-collection station, a purifier, and sizeable reservoirs.
“Providing ample and uninterrupted supplies of potable water to the far-flung communities of Artsakh and Armenia is a foremost priority for the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund,” said Ara Vardanyan, the fund’s executive director.
“We did not have water for hundred years on”, said an elderly woman from Mats Taghlar.
Azokh mayor Gevorg Gevorgyan noted that, given his community’s longstanding potable-water shortage, for years residents made do by collecting and drinking rainwater.
“The round-the-clock availability of drinking water will mean a fundamental improvement in the daily lives of the villagers,” Gevorgyan said. “On behalf of our entire community, I extend our gratitude to the Hayastan All-Armenian Fund and the government of Artsakh.”
According to Hayastan All-Armenian Fund deputy director Ararat Khlghatyan, currently the fund is building an additional section of the Mets Taghlar-Azokh water main. The six-kilometer extension, slated to be completed by the end of 2009, will also bring potable water to the nearby village of Drakhtik.
The combined population of Mets Taghlar, Azokh, and Drakhtik is about 2,750. Agriculture and cattle breeding are the main occupations of all three communities.
The opening ceremony of the water pipe in Azokh was followed by the opening ceremony of the Spitakashen School. The official opening of the school will take place in May 2010, with the sponsors and benefactors visiting the school.