Water crisis hits several areas in Budgam, locals block Gulmarg road

Water crisis hits several areas in Budgam, locals block Gulmarg road
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Budgam: The residents of PHE Colony in Kawoosa in central Kashmir’s Budgam district hit the streets on Saturday to protest acute water shortage they are facing from many years.
Villages like Narbal Ghat, Bazar Mohalla, Kawoosa, Chinar Colony, Kanihama, Mazhama, and other small hamlets are facing water crisis from many years.
The angry protesters erected wood logs and barricades on the road and blocked the traffic movement to show their resentment.
Holding empty buckets, the women protestors blamed the authorities for throwing them in deep distress particularly in the month of Ramadan. While talking to Kashmir Reader they said that around 15000 people of the area are facing acute shortage of water from years.
“Although we are being represented by the former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, but despite this we are facing hardships,” the protesters said. “We were assured water supply through tanker services but it is infrequent and the supply is much less as compared to our needs. Besides, there are some localities where it is not possible for tankers to reach. So these localities have to come out to fetch water in cans and load carriers,” said a protester.
“Time and again, we had apprised the authorities but still no action was taken. Tanker services were not provided even on Eid-ul-Adha,” said a group of protesters from the area.
A scheme under NABARD has been devised to cater to the water needs of this badly affected area but it is pending approval from the authorities. Until its approval, locals are demanding consistent tanker services to these villages.
Meanwhile locals alleged that the water quality of these tankers is not fit to be drunk because of impurity, so they refrain from collecting the water. The protests later ended peacefully after officials assured them that their needs would be addressed soon.