Protest Over Non-availability of Drinking Water Spills Over to Highway in South Kashmir

Aakash Hassan

ISLAMABAD

People protesting over non-availability of drinking water in South Kashmir. (Photos: Aakash Hassan)
People protesting over non-availability of drinking water in South Kashmir. (Photos: Aakash Hassan)

People of Khandpari in South Kashmir’s Islamabad Thursday blocked Srinagar-Jammu highway for at least three hours at Harnag while protesting against PHE department for non-availability of drinking water in their village.

Men and women assembled and sat on highway amid anti-PHE and anti-administration slogans.

“We are running from acute shortage of drinking water and besides that it is contaminated,” said a protester. “We are going through miserable conditions.”

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The protesters were demanding immediate restoration of water and that too from another water scheme.

“Water should be allotted from Bumzu water scheme and there should be no further delay otherwise we will go on indefinite agitation,” said Tabasum, a protester.

However, after the officials from PHE and police visited the spot and assured people that their demands will be fulfilled within a couple of days, the protesters dispersed peacefully and traffic was restored.

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