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Water scarcity forces people to hit roads Protest in Srinagar, Kangan, Shopian

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Srinagar, July 16, KNT: Kashmir- that is dotted with water bodies is facing acute shortage of drinking water. The problem sparks protests in different parts of Valley.

Residents of urban and rural areas complain about shortage in the supply of drinking water. People hit to roads and frequently block roads demanding supply of drinking water.

The locals of Rezan village of Kangan that falls in Gund Tehsil Thursday staged protest. The protesters told news agency KNT that they are not getting water from past 12 days.

“We are forced to use contaminated water from rivers. PHE Department is turning a blind eye towards the basic problems being faced by people of the area,” they said.

In different parts of Haba Kadal area of Srinagar city, locals have been demanding supply of drinking water. They alleged that taps run dry in this scorching heat and they don’t even get water for bathing purposes.

Inhabitants of village Haripora Imamsahab area of South Kashmir’s Shopian district also blocked the Shopian-Zainpora road at Killora near water reservoir and staged a protest against the concerned authorities for scarcity of drinking water.

“By consuming contaminated water, the village in past witnessed deadly water borne diseases while this time the chances are same but the authorities are in slumber,” the protesters told KNT.

The protesters said that their village Haripora was once Tehsil Headquarter, even mentioned by historian Pandit Kalhana in Raj Tarangni for its grandeur but today people of this village are dying for want of water.

PHE officials visited the village and assured protesters that their problem will be addressed and water be supplied. (KNT)


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