RAWALPINDI: Residents of Dhama Syedan Union Council took to the streets in hundreds to protest against acute water shortage over the weekend.
The main protest erupted at the ground of Jamia Masjid Gulzar-e-Madina after residents of Mumtaz Market, Sadiq Town, Ali Town, Dhoke Haji Niaz Ali, Khatana, Kalhoor, Ziarat Baba Shahmur, Dhoke Lal Shah and Christian Colony claimed they had been suffering for too long. They said authorities continue to deliver water bills every month but are not supplying water.
The protesters, holding placards, chanted slogans against Minister for Interior and representative from NA-52 Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, MPA Chaudhry Sarfraz Afzal and former nazim of the area, Chaudhry Muhammad Ilyas.
They demanded Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to pay a surprise visit to see the maladies of residents.
Malik Haq Nawaz, a local, said they have been facing severe water shortage for many months, adding that residents were being forced to buy water on high prices. He said Nisar had gained votes in the name of supplying a water supply scheme but now he was not taking notice of the issue despite several requests.
“We need water at whatever cost. We will block Adiala Road if the government and local leaders do not pay heed to our needs,” he said.
Residents asked the government to solve their problems or else they would protest and block main roads of the city on Friday.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 19th,2014.
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