Shopian: Women with empty vessels protest against shortage of drinking water

Srinagar: After Srinagar, Pulwama, Tral, and Budgam, residents of Shopian took to the streets protesting against drinking water shortage. A group of women with empty vessels blocked the road outside District Development Office, Shopian, on Tuesday.

Mirroring the concerns of people of Warpora village, Sopore, residents of Shaksaaz Mohalla Pinjura, Shopian, said that due to shortage of drinking water they are being forced to fetch water from nearby streams, which is mostly “dirty and contaminated”.

According to the protesting women, the area has been without drinking water for 30 days now.

The residents say they have appealed to the authorities multiple times, but in vain. “No actions have been taken so far,” they say.

However, DC Shopian said, “the matter has been resolved. The issue was about supply timing sharing. The roaster has been finalised until an alternative supply line is activated.”

Two days back, Assistant Executive Engineer, PHE, Awantipora JS Bali had said that a water scheme is being planned for villages of Tral but due to some land issues the proposal is being delayed.

While speaking to Free Press Kashmir, Chief Engineer, PHE had said that due to acute summer months and with people using water in their kitchen gardens, the supply is not meeting the increasing demands.


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