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Residents block Sohna Road to protest shortage of power, water

india Updated: Jun 19, 2012 00:47 IST
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With no respite from the prolonged water and power crisis across the city, residents have now taken to the streets to protest official apathy.

Upset over poor civic amenities in the Badshahpur area, residents on Monday blocked Sohna road for nearly two-and-a-half hours throwing the traffic out of gear.

In the last one month, this is the second instance where Badshahpur residents have staged a protest amid poor water and electricity supply.

More than 100 residents began gathering at the Badshahpur chowk since 8am shouting slogans against the administration and disrupted traffic movement in the area by blocking the main carriageway.

Hundreds of commuters were stranded for more than one hour on their way to the several commercial and office complexes located in the area.

Though the local police rushed to the spot to pacify the protestors, and even issued warnings to clear the area, the agitated residents refused to budge. Ultimately, traffic had to be diverted through South City 2 but heavy vehicular movement led to jams on the roads leading to Rajiv Chowk too.

Only after the police officials spoke with the electricity department and assured the agitators that their grievances will be addressed by higher authorities in the government, the protestors cleared the way around 10.30am.

Residents have been reeling under erratic power supply for the past 15 days. The shortage has also affected water supply as adequate electricity is not available to run water pumping motors. People have been forced to rely on water tankers which are being sold at hiked prices by the water mafia.

Residents of Millennium City have been dealing with inadequate water supply since early May. The shortage in supply, however, has led to a boom in business for suppliers who sell groundwater illegally. Against the usual rate of up to R500 for a tanker of water, prices have shot up by nearly R300. Residents say the private suppliers have turned into a mafia with no fear of law.

Amid the ongoing water crisis, the Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda) recently directed all private swimming pool operators to shut their facility

Several gated communities, known for round-the-clock water and power supply, were forced to ration water distribution to 4 hours daily from the earlier 24 hour service.