Residents of Kawoosa Magam, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Saturday, held a protest demonstration against the water shortage in the area.
Scores of the residents including men, women and children gathered at Narbal-Gulmarg road in Kawoosa shouting anti-administration and anti-governmental slogans protested against the water scarcity faced by them. Due to this the traffic movement was also hampered for hours.
The residents demanded that authorities must take measures to end the water shortage faced by locals for the past several years.
They accused that the government has turned a blind eye towards their plight and a shortage of water has caused great inconvenience to them in this holy month of Ramadhan.
“It has been a very long time since taps are running dry but nobody is paying any heed to our problem. We approached several times to the authorities concerned, but to no avail,” said one of the protestor.
Locals accuse the concerned department of failing to get a new water pipeline for the village. “We get water from tube wells and contaminated Sukhnag River, which is unfit for drinking as it contains high iron content,” said another protestor.