Slum dwellers protest against water shortage by smashing pitchers

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Jun 03, 2014 15:43 IST

The women living in the slums of Rajiv and Indira colonies protested outside deputy commissioner’s office in Panchkula by smashing their empty pitchers on Monday. Aam Aadmi Party leader Harinder Saini was leading the protest.

The protesters carrying pitchers reached to the door of the DC’s room but later, after being pacified by tehsildar Ashwani Gambhir, they sat outside the office building of the DC. Sub-divisional magistrate Gurmeet Singh then came out and accepted a memorandum of demands from the protestors.

Saini told the media persons that problems of the slum dwellers had started increasing soon after the onset of summers. He told that problem of water shortage had tur ned acute in Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony, Kharakmangoli, Budhanpur slums along with the nearby villages like Haripur and Abheypur.

In the slum rehabilitated colonies in Sectors 26, 27 and 28, similar issue prevails. Saini added that the women of these areas had to fetch water in pitchers on their heads from far off places due to this problem. The protesters pointed out that a tube well, installed near Rajiv and Indira colonies, had not been made operational in the name of code of conduct.

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