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Friday, May 25, 2012

No Respite from Heat Wave in Malda

MALDA, 24 MAY: There has no respite from sizzling heat wave as the mercury today soared to 42.7 degree Celsius with a minimum humidity of 17 percent. As heat wave has hit the district vehemently, the lawyers have stalled their work initially for two days from today. Women blocked road at Habibpur today demanding immediate solution of drinking water crisis. Weather department officials, however, said that shower may relieve the district possibly in a couple of days.

Members of the district bar association decided to stop work for two days from today. Debkishore Mazumdar, vice president of bar association, said, “Weather has been abnormally hot. It has badly affected our work also. Clients from far off areas of the district cannot turn up owing to tremendous heat wave. Even some senior pleaders have also turned sick. Hence, it’s not possible for us to work in this situation.”

“We have stopped work for two days initially. Bar would traditionally remain closed on Saturday and Sunday also. Thus there would be four days vacation at a stretch. We hope the situation would improve by then. But if the heat wave continues, we may have to continue cease work further depending upon situation,” Mr Mazumdar said.

District and session judge NK Ghoshal also amnitted that the heat wave has badly hit the work. ‘Bar association has informed us about their inconvenience. Still the pleaders have been requested to resume their work from Monday considering huge number of pending cases.. All sorts of cooperation would be provided to them. We would see so that the senior lawyers’ work is completed in the first half,” Mr Ghoshal.   

Meanwhile the women of a number of villages of Bulbulchandi area of Habibpur blocked today blocked road demanding the solution of drinking water crisis. “Tube wells are out of order. Even the ponds have been dried up. We are being compelled to collect water from far off places. That’s too uncertain. Agriculture has been badly hit,” said Renuka Roy, an irate villager. Sabita Burman said, “Crisis of drinking water has become such a big issue that domestic quarrel has become a daily event.”

Avijit Ghosh, block development officer (BDO) of Habibpur conceded that the situation was really grave. “We’re trying our best to ensure drinking water,” Mr Ghosh said.

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