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Protest for water

Ranchi, April 2: Over 500 residents of Hindpiri today took to the streets and blocked Main Road in front of Equra Mosque for an hour and a half, demanding supply of water.

The residents were not protesting under any banner but responded to the call of three youths of the locality — Mohammed Hasid, Mohammed Naseem and Mohammed Asfaque.

The blockade, which started at 9.30am, was lifted only after deputy mayor Ajay Nath Shahdeo assured the agitators that water would be supplied in tankers from tomorrow and a water storage tower would be constructed in the area in the days to come. He has called a meeting with officials and residents tomorrow to look into the problem.

Hasid told The Telegraph that water crisis was acute in the locality, where more than 10,000 people reside. “Despite several complaints, the authorities did little to mitigate our woes. Officials of the drinking water and sanitation department and the Ranchi Municipal Corporation passed the buck to each other and never came out with a solution. We had no other option but to voice our grievances in this manner,” he said.

Hindpiri is located in the heart of the state capital. A majority of residents belong to the minority community and are completely dependent on water supplied by government bodies.

An official of the drinking water and sanitation department accepted the problem, saying it was difficult to supply water without availability of high-power motors and generators. “At present, we have a 40HP motor but require a 80HP generator. We also need a generator to run the pump on time,” he added.

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