Water, power scarcity triggers protests in Sopore

Mushtaq Ahmed
Baramulla: Scores of people in Sopore town of this north Kashmir district Tuesday staged demonstrations to protest the scarcity of water and unavailability of electricity supply in the harsh winters.
Eyewitnesses told Kashmir Reader that scores of residents of Watlab, Janwara, Hathlango and other areas of Sopore this morning took to streets and staged anti-government demonstrations. Chanting slogans against the Public Health Engineering (PHE) and Power Development Department (PDD), the protesters blocked Sopore- Bandipore road leaving scores of vehicles stranded. The protesters alleged that they were facing acute shortage of drinking water. The unavailability of electricity, they said has added to their woes.
Bashir Ahmad, a protester said that their village was reeling under darkness from last one week and without water from last 10 days. He said the taps in the village are running dry prompting the women folk to collect water from streams in chilly mornings.
Abdul Rashid, another protester said that despite repeated requests the twin departments don’t come forward to solve their problems. The locals, he said, will block the highway if the government fails to redress their grievances at the earliest.
SDM Sopore, Dr Syed Mohammad Hanif told Kashmir Reader that that he’ll ascertain why electricity and water is not made available to the people.
“Ì have ordered concerned officers to look into the matter. I have asked them to report the matter to me within two days,” he added.