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Batamaloo, Sopore residents protest against water scarcity

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Srinagar/Sopore: Residents of Batamaloo here staged a protest over the acute shortage of water in the area.
The protesters mostly women from SD Colony and Momin Abad raised slogans against Public Health Engineering (PHE) department and blocked the road near Reka Chowk for almost an hour, using wooden logs and worn-out tyres.
Eyewitnesses said that the protesters, holding sticks in their hands, sat on a dharna, chanting slogans against the PHE Department.
They said even as the area was reeling under acute shortage of water from past two weeks, the authorities have failed to restore water supply or take any tangible measure despite repeated pleas.
The protesters said the PHE department has “taken them for a ride thus leaving no option for them but to stage the protest.”
Meanwhile, water scarcity sparked massive protest in Dangarpora area of north Kashmir’s Sopore town of Baramulla district.
People from three localities of Dangarpora including Maidanpora, Beighpora and Batpora hit the roads and staged massive protests against water scarcity in the area.
The protesting residents said they are without drinking water from past couple of months and the concerned department is watching as a mute spectator.
The protesters said that a water supply pipe line passes through their areas and yet they are without drinking water.
“Other areas get drinking water round the clock but we face acute water shortage. Despite repeated pleas to the concerned officials, nothing changed on the ground,” they said.
The protesters sought intervention of Deputy Commissioner Baramulla and appealed Chief Engineer to look into the matter. (KNT)

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