Srinagar, July 2: People suffering from prolonged water shortage in the scorching heat Thursday came out on the road and blocked traffic to draw the authorities’ attention to their suffering and agonies.
Eyewitnesses told news agency KNT that hundreds of people mostly women from Firdous Colony Eidgah area of Srinagar city hit to Ali Jan Road and blocked it for traffic.
They said they are suffering immensely due to continuous water shortage. The protesters raised slogans against PHE Department and accused officials of being arrogant and ignorant.
The blockade of road caused traffic jam and the authorities diverted traffic onto alternative routes, where, too, traffic moved slowly.
Some of the female protesters were seen carrying pitchers and utensils. “In this heat, we are unable to take bath. There is no drinking water in our houses. We are facing hardships due to negligent behavior of PHE Department,” the protesters said.
A police party from Safa Kadal Police Station rushed to spot but the protesters didn’t budge. It was only when police called PHE officials who assured people of redressal of their grievance, that protesters dispersed peacefully.
Earlier, residents of Haba Kadal area of city held a protest against shortage of water.