Panzinara residents block highway, demand potable water

Gowhar Maqbool
SRINAGAR: Hundreds of Panzinara residents, mostly women, on Friday blocked the Bandipora-Srinagar highway protesting against the non-availability of clean drinking water in the area.
Raising anti-government slogans, the protesters said that for the past several months they were facing acute shortage of potable water.
“For the past seven months now, we often witness acute shortage of potable water and there are no efforts by the concerned department to help us,” said Aneesa Akhtar, a resident.
The non availability has forced many to consume contaminated water from the nearby stream, that may say is taking a toll on their health as pollution levels in this source are high.
The locals said that at times they are forced to travel long distances to fetch water.
“Despite the effort, we get contaminated water,” said another resident.
He said that the public health engineering department had assured them that they will be provided water from Mujgund flirtation plant by laying a new pipeline.
“Till date, that has not been done due to unknown reasons. That is why we are forced to protest,” he said. The protesters pacified after a police team led by SHO Sumbal, Mehboob Banday, reached the spot and assured them that their grievances would be forwarded to the concerned officials.