Kreeri villagers protest against drinking water shortage
Post by on Friday, August 19, 2022
Baramulla, Aug 18:The residents of Banghdara village of Kreeri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district Thursday staged a protest over the scarcity of drinking water in the area.
The protesters, mostly women blocked the main road and demanded an immediate end to their ordeal.
The female protesters said that they were not receiving potable water most of the time and despite repeated representations to the authorities and protests, the problem had not been resolved yet.
“Our area has been facing water scarcity for the past several years. Earlier we used to receive very less quantity of water but from March 2022, there is no water in our area and we are forced to walk miles to fetch the drinking water ,” said a protesting woman.
Another protesting lady said that they spent thousands of rupees to dig a borewell but that wasn't a success.
"On one side the Jal shakti department is promising people of drinking water to every household and on the other side the people of Banghdara are longing for a drop of water. In the 21st century, the women folk are forced to hit the roads for drinking water," she added.
Urging the administration to address the issue on a priority basis, the women protesters said that drinking water scarcity was a major issue in the area which causes immense hardship to the local population. They said that the authorities need to act in time so that people of the area are not deprived of basic amenities like drinking water.
“It is painful that our village is without drinking water, which is discriminatory towards our village. We will continue our protest if our issue is not resolved,” said Tasleema Bano, a protesting lady.
An official of the Jal Shakti Department, Kreeri who visited the spot, persuaded the agitating people to end the protest and promised that their grievance would be addressed soon.
“From the last three years no one from the locality has informed the department. However we will address this issue soon. A new water pipeline has been sanctioned that will connect the area with main supply line and hopefully that will ensure drinking water for the affected village,” the official said.
He said that till the issue gets resolved a water tanker will be sent to the area to satisfy the needs of people.