Shortage of drinking water sparks protest in Baramulla's Narvaw

Manzoor Sheeri 

Baramulla, Aug 25 (KNS): Inhabitants of Shalteng Sheeri in North Kashmir's Baramulla district Wednesday staged a protest demonstration against the Jal Shakti department over water shortage in the area.

The protesters including women and children blocked Sheeri Shalteng and Zogiyaar road for hours together, alleging that for the last three months they were without drinking water, while the concerned department have not been paying any heed to their problems.

They said that they are being forced to consume water from nearby streams and a local Mundri Nalla where animals too are drinking water due, exposing them to contract water borne diseases.  

Meanwhile, junior engineer of Jal Shakti department, Ghulam Hassan said that the department has requested all the consumers to stop water supply to their kitchen gardens because the water source is limited for general public and department has allotted another 3-inch pipeline from Zogiyaar to Shalteng which may redress the issue.

The aggrieved residents appealed to the deputy commissioner Baramulla, Bhupinder Kumar and executive engineer Jal Shakti department Baramulla to personally intervene into the matter. (KNS)

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