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Singhu Border: Water, Electricity and Internet problems

Singhu Border: Water, Electricity and Internet problems

The protest site of farmers at the Singhu border has become landlocked with police making it difficult for people to pass through barricades and fences. The barricading is so heavy that protesting farmers have been cut off from the city. The barbed wires, cement fencing, iron spikes and blocked roads have also impacted basic facilities at the tents where farmers are putting up. Without sufficient water and power supply, farmers are finding it hard to wash their clothes.

“Every day we would wash at least 100 people’s clothes but for the past few days, we have been washing clothes of about 10 people only. We don’t have running water supply anymore and power cuts have become a daily affair,” said a volunteer who had installed washing machines at the protest site so that farmers could get their clothes washed. The protest site has toilets, both portables and the ones given by the establishment. But farmers say in absence of regular water supply, it is becoming difficult to use them.

The water supply, they say, is negligible or sparse. Many are now defecating in the open. Women participating in the protest have to walk for kilometres to find a safe place or have to go to nearby fields. “We are finding it difficult to access toilets and have to go to fields in the dark. Most toilets that we used to use don’t have water supply. It has become a problem for us,” said an elderly woman protestor from Haryana. It’s not just the women, many protestors are elderly and can’t walk for kilometres to access clean toilets. Farmers from Haryana and Punjab say the government is using pressure tactics to weaken their protest.

“We feel the Modi government has failed and they are scared. They have also shut down internet services and now they are cutting power and water supply. They aren’t going to succeed. We will keep protesting,” said Harvinder Singh Bindu, a farmer from Punjab. Some private organisations have been providing basic facilities to the farmers during their protest but it’s not enough.

INTERNET SHUTDOWN

The Union Home Ministry on Saturday temporarily suspended internet services in Singhu, Ghazipur, Tikri borders and their adjoining areas from 11 pm of 29 January to 11 pm of 31 January to ‘maintain public safety and averting public emergency’ amid the ongoing farmers’ protest.

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Praveen Yadav

19 | Bibliophile and quaint | Full-Time Coder, Occasional Writer | Analytical Journalist at NDTV | Political and Psychological

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