Protests over water scarcity

SRINAGAR: Traffic came to a standstill on the Srinagar-Bandipora highway after residents of Shilwath, Sonawari held a protest against the scarcity of water in the area.
Scores of men and women blocked the road demanding the higher officials be brought on the scene and take note of their problems.
The area is facing shortage of water supply from last twenty days and even after repeated delegations to the concerned department the residents claimed they no action had been taken. “We were left with no other option but to come on roads and demand what should have been supplied to us as a citizens of state” they said.
“From last twenty days we are suffering and despite repeated requests to them they seem unnerved as if we are nothing to them” a protesting lady said.
Raising slogans against the PHE officials the residents of the area said that the only source of water from last twenty days has been the nearby Jhelum River. “ Are we living in a pre historic times, for what purpose have they fitted the area with potable water pipes. This is the holy month and the authorities seem to be not worried about the peoples woes” they said.
The protesters later dispersed peacefully after assurances from senior police officials that their demands will be raised with the concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people Thursday came on streets here to protest against the shortage of water supply in the downtown area of old city. They blocked Taingpora road causing traffic jam in the area. Residents of Zainadar Mohalla said that from the past several days the potable water is not being supplied to the area.“Potable water is considered as essential service but where is the water in our area,” Abdul Majeed, a protestor said.
Raising slogans against the authorities they demanded that water supply be provided in earnest. “Tomorrow PHE department will demand water bills to be paid but where is the water supply at first place,” they questioned.