Mazhama residents protest against potable water shortage

Mazhama residents protest against potable water shortage
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BUDGAM: Scores of residents in Mazhama village of Magam in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday staged a protest against the potable water scarcity.
Scores of residents including senior citizens and women blocked Srinagar-Gulmarg highway to protest the water shortage in the area.
Chanting slogans against the PHE department and district administration, the aggrieved protestors said that it has been years now and they are still “thirsty”.
The residents said that they have been left parched and furious as water supplies are cut off for hours — or even days and months — at a time.
“Some families are without tap water for days, while others don’t have any for several hours each day. And whatever we have that is undrinkable,” they said.
The aggrieved protestors that the entire area including Mazhama, Narbal, Kawoosa, Cheki-Kawoosa, Kanihama has been snatched or the potable water supply since last decade but the authorities despite making promises are least bothered.
They said that the area despite having close proximity to the water resources, that can provide water to a vast area has been neglected by the successive government.
Meanwhile, hundreds of vehicles were left stranded on the vital road including few ambulances, however, after the police and other officials reached the spot the protests were called off.