The workers of Hyderabad Development Authority (HDA) and its subsidiaries continued their protest on the second day for non-payment of their 5-month salaries. As a token of the protest, they halted water supply and shut down the drainage pumping station for 4 hours from 10 am to 2 pm here on Tuesday. “We understand that this is an extreme step to deprive people of water. But what can we do if we can’t feed our children and pay for the health expenses because we are not paid for 5-month,” said Behram Chang, president of HDA Joint Action Committee, while addressing the protesters at Jamshoro road Filtration Plant. The workers of HDA and Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA), its subsidiary, demonstrated at several places including their Head Office at Civic Centre and at a number of filtration plants and pumping stations, simultaneously. Chang said the workers including the regular ones had been asking the authorities to pay them their salaries but they were always told that the HDA did not have finances to pay them. The general secretary of the committee Shahid Pathan said they had given ample time to the authorities to solve their problem, adding that they could not wait anymore while their families were suffering. According to the association, more than 3,000 workers were not being paid for the past 5-month. They include 1,200 regular employees and around 2,000 contract and daily wage earners, they said.