Taking inspiration from politicians, a host of protesters have threatened to take out long marches to pressurize the government to accede to their demands, but this is definitely the first time that city dwellers are planning to march to Islamabad against scarcity of water.
The government has been unable to ensure adequate water supply for Mirpur over the last four decades, despite the fact that it is located on the periphery of the Mangla Dam. This model city of over 0.70 million UK-based Kashmiri expatriates is facing an acute shortage following an alleged mismanagement by the public health engineering department.
There has barely been a drop to drink for the past three days, according to Imran Chaudhry, a dweller of sector F/1. Residents across the city complained of water shortage. A water tanker charges Rs700 to Rs1000 per trip.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 15th, 2011.