Villagers block road in protest
Hampora: For 25 years, this Kupwara village has allegedly been deprived of portable drinking water. On Saturday, residents of this village in Langate area of Kupwara district took to streets protesting the neglect by authorities.
Protesters, mostly women who carried empty pitchers, raised slogans against Public Health Engineering (PHE) department. They alleged that despite knowing the hardships of the villagers, the department officials had been “ignoring our needs”. “We have to walk about one kilometre to collect water from a nullah (stream),” said a woman protester.
“PHE (department) has never bothered to get the problem addressed. Our pleas fall to deaf ears,” said another protester, Ajaz Ahmad. “Under a scheme called Zag Sundree, our village, along with seven other villages in this area, was supposed to get piped water supply in 1990. But we have not seen even a drop of water,” he added.
The protestors blocked Kralgund-Langate road for about two hours before they were persuaded to call of the protest by officials of the district administration. DC Kupwara, Khalid Jahangir, told reporters that he would direct the concerned authorities to ensure water supply to the affected village.