JAMMU, JUN 8: Facing severe water shortage and rampant power cuts, angry Jammu residents today stopped a Delhi-bound passenger train at the city’s Railway Station, delaying it by over one hour.
As the Rajdhani Express was departing for Delhi, a large number of people from the nearby East Railway Colony gathered at the platform and began agitating in front of the train to press for their demands of adequate water and power supply. The protesters raised slogans against the authorities and demanded immediate restoration of water supply to the colony.
They also threatened to intensify their stir if the Power Development Department (PDD) and the Public Health Engineering (PHE), responsible for power and water distribution respectively, do not iron out the kinks in the supply within 24 hours.
Assistant Divisional Engineer, Railway Engineering Department, Bhan Singh reached the spot and tried to pacify the crowd. The protestors including women complained him of providing adequate water supply for sanitation purpose. They said that there was no dearth of water in the Railway Officers’ Colony whereas the residents adjacent to them were not being provided water to even meet the daily chores.
It was only after the assurance of the Railway authorities the crowd agreed to let the train depart after a delay of over one hour.