Kawoosa locals protest water scarcity, block road

Kawoosa locals protest water scarcity, block road

Javid Ali
Magam: Scores of people on Tuesday blocked the Narbal-Tangmarg road at Kawoosa, Khalisa in Magam area , demanding that the state authorities must take measures to end the water shortage faced by locals for the past several years.
Hundreds of men and women, while blocking the main road for more than two hours, staged protests demonstrations and raised slogans against the Public Health Engineering department authorities.
They accused that the government has turned blind eye towards their plight and that the area of Kawoosa (Khalisa) is facing serious scarcity of water since past several years.
The protestors sought intervention of the Deputy Commissioner, Budgam, asking him to visit to the village and take stock of the hardships faced them.
“This protest is our last resort for an adequate water supply to our area. We want the government take note of the difficulties faced by us,” said Naseema Bano, a protesting housewife.
Protesters said they have to go to different villages along with pitchers to fetch drinking water.
Kawoosa used to get water supply from Tangmarg Water Pipeline, but due to the increase in population, the water supply line witnessed the extreme pressure, resulting the paucity of water in the area at large. Locals accuse the concerned department of failing to get a new water pipeline for the village.
“We get water from tube wells and contaminated Sukhnag River, which is unfit for drinking as it contains high iron content. More than 30 villagers were infected last summer and one child died due to water-borne diseases,” said Farooq Ahmad Khan, a protester.
Protesters said that whenever there is a protest in the area against the water shortage, authorities try to undermine the issue by sending a water tanker.
“We want the concerned department to transfer the employees who work in Kawoosa and stop insulting by sending mere water tankers,” said Zahoor Ahmad Malik, a protester.
Later, the Assistant Executive Engineer (AEE) Magam, Bashir Ahmad reached the spot and tried to pacify protesters.

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