Chek Kawoosa residents hold protest against water scarcity

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Budgam: Residents of Chek Kawoosa in Narbal area, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Tuesday held a protest demonstration against the water shortage in the area.

Scores of the residents including men, women and children assembled on Narbal-Gulmarg road in Chek Kawoosa shouting anti-administration and anti-government slogans. They protested against the water scarcity in the area. The protest demonstration led to disruption of traffic movement for hours on the busy road.

The residents demanded that authorities must take measures to end the water shortage faced by locals for the past several days.

They accused that the government has turned a blind eye towards their plight and the shortage of water has caused great inconvenience to them.

“It has been a very long time since taps are running dry but nobody is paying heed to our problem. We approached the authorities concerned several times, but to no avail,” said one of the protestors.

Locals accused 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,” said another protestor.