Sopore, Nov 12: Scores of residents from Bagh-e-Rehmat area of Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Thursday staged a protest against Jal Shakti department for ‘failing’ to provide adequate water supply to them.
The protesters assembled at Iqbal Market and blocked Sopore Byepass road, which affected the traffic movement for several hours.
The protesters said that they are facing a water shortage from the past two months, adding that the department was forcing them to consume filthy water.
They said that their area in the entire town is worst affected due to non- availability of adequate water supply. Shakeela Begum, one of the protesters said they approached the concerned officials many times but nothing has been done in this regard. “We are being forced to consume contaminated water, which has affected our health,” he said.
Meanwhile, officials from Jal Shakti department said that the pipeline was damaged by R&B department during construction of a drainage system, which has led to the shortage of water in the area.
He said the grievances of the people will be resolved soon as the department will come up with a separate water supply line towards the locality. (KNO)