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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dist Administrations to Take Measures to Combat Water Crisis in Heat Hit Malda

MALDA, 16 MAY: District administration is gearing up to combat the drought like situation in Malda. With severe heat wave running on throughout the district for last few days, different parts of the district are suffering from acute shortage of drinking as well as irrigation water. District magistrate Dr (Smt) Archna conceded that blocks like Habibpur, Bamangola, Gazole and Ratua were the worst sufferers. 

After yesterday’s 43.1 degree, today too mercury level reached 41.4 degree Celsius in Malda. TK Das of metrological Department said, “Relative humidity has marginally improved to 21 from yesterday’s 18 providing a bit of relief to the people.” To combat the water crisis apart from taking short term measures, district administration is ready to take up some long term measures as well. DM said that the public health engineering (PHE) department was asked to regularize the water supply in some parts of the blocks. Besides, banks were approached for donating tube wells in some drought prone areas. 

Under the West Bengal Accelerated Development of Minor Irrigation (WBADMI) project altogether 412 schemes were taken worth Rs 130 crore. The projects taken for next 6 years include river lifting, digging up new tube wells, conservation of water. “For this year we have taken up 47 schemes which would cover 13000 hector of land”, said DM. She said that already Rs 2 crore was spent under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) for making channels for irrigation and making ditches under ‘Jal Dharo Jal Bharo’ project.  A meeting would be convened tomorrow to take a stock of the water crisis in the two municipal areas of the district. 

DM said that the schools which have not yet declared their summer vacation would be taken action against. “We have instructed the schools to go on vacations from 15th or 16th of this month to relieve the students from this scorching heat. Still we have heard that some schools are running as per schedule even not changing their stint from day to morning. We are certainly going to take action against them through district inspector of schools.”

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