Kulgam’s Sursona residents decry water shortage, stages protest

Srinagar, Mar 9: Residents of Sursona village of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday staged a protest demonstration against the water scarcity in the area.
Scores of the protestors assembled near Bejbehara railway station and blocked the Srinagar Banihal train service for hours.
“We all are facing the immense hardships due to the unhygienic water from past 3 months, adding that the residents are forced to drink the unhygienic water of streams,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, a resident of Sursona village.
The residents lamented that lack of potable water causes poor hygiene besides many other problems. They appealed the concerned authorities to look into the matter.
“We will be forced to stage a protest if the concerned authorities fail to restore drinking water supply to the area at the earliest,” said another protestor.
The residents further said that the area is mainly dependent on the water supply. They alleged that matter has been brought to the notice of the concerned administration but no improvement has been witnessed.
When contacted chief Executive Engineer, PHE Department Bijbehara he said due to the excessive rate of iron found in the water tank, the authorities had partially stopped the water supply for the said village, adding that “I assure to bring the matter into the notice of higher authorities and hopefully the problem will be sorted out soon.”