Water scarcity sparks protest in Batamaloo

Residents of Batamaloo here staged a protest over the acute shortage of water in the area.

The protesters raised slogans against Public Health Engineering (PHE) department and blocked the road near Reka Chowk for almost an hour, using wooden logs and worn-out tyres.

Eyewitnesses said the protesters mainly women, holding sticks in their hands, sat on a dharna, chanting slogans against the PHE Department.

They said even as the area was reeling under acute shortage of water the authorities have failed to restore water supply or take any tangible measure despite repeated pleas. The protesters said the PHE department has “taken them for a ride thus leaving no option for them but to stage the protest.”