Drinking water scarcity triggers protests in Sopore village


Scores of inhabitants of Saidpora, Sopore in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district hit the streets on Friday morning and protested against the PHE department “for failing to provide adequate drinking water in the area.”
The protesters said they were facing scarcity of drinking water in the village for years together. 
The inhabitants of Saidpora village barely 3 kms from the main town Sopore, according to protesters, were being “forced to drink contaminated water from the open streams and ponds as the PHE department has failed to provide them with potable water supply.”
“Our children and elderly mostly suffer because they contract water-borne diseases," said Manzoor Ahmad Dar. 
The AEE, PHE Sopore acknowledged that there was “shortage of drinking water” in the village.
“This has been brought to our notice earlier and we will work on it soon,” he said, adding that in the meantime the department shall supply clean drinking water to the area through tankers.

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