Bandipora, July 06: The residents of Aloosa Paribal village of north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday staged a protest against the non-availability of drinking water in the village from the last six months.
The protesting residents raised slogans against the Jal Shakti department (Public Health Engineering PHE). Inhabitants told the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) that in absence of the water supply, the villagers are being forced to consume filthy water of nearby streams and wells, which pose serious threat to their health.
The locals said that they approached the authorities many times in the past where they were assured redressal of their grievances. However, the residents said that despite being assured several times, no steps were taken on the ground so far, thus leaving them to lurch at large.
“We are being forced to hit streets to press for our demand,” said Saleema Begam, a female protester, adding that for the past six months, they are not getting regular drinking water supply, which has added to the miseries of the local residents.
Meanwhile, inhabitants of Aragam village of the district also complained of acute water scarcity in the area. They also urged the concerned department and the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora to look into the matter on priority basis.
Executive Engineer Jal Shakti department, Abdul Khaliq while talking to KNO said that that the genuine grievances of Paribal residents will be redressed soon.