Protesters block Srinagar-Leh highway over LWWDA’s “discrimination”

Srinagar: Scores of people are staging protests against the alleged discrimination of the Lakes and Water Ways Development Authority (LWWDA) accusing it of targeting the ordinary people and sparing rich and influential.

Around 9:30 am today, men, woman and children from Naidyar, Gurpora and other interior areas of Dal Lake assembled at Saida Kadal and staged protests against the LWWDA authorities, witnesses said. The protesters alleged that the LWWDA is “targeting” the ordinary people, who are raising their houses damaged during last year’s deluge.

The protesters have blocked Srinagar-Leh highway leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded, witnesses said. The office goers and the students of Kashmir University are having a tough time to reach their destinations.

“Rich and influential are being spared, while the ordinary people, who are raising their houses after the floods are being targeted. This is injustice,” Mohammad Ismail, a protester said.

On Wednesday, he said a man has been imprisoned for raising a house which was damaged in the floods.

Meanwhile, a police team from Rainwari has reached the spot to pacify the protesters when the last reports came in.