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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Villagers Suffering from Drinking Water Crisis Gherao RSP MLA


MALDA, 18 MAY: Enormous crisis of drinking water has gripped different areas of Chanchal II block in searing summer. Irate villagers of Kandaran area of this block today gheraoed the local RSP MLA Rahim Boxi today demanding immediate solution from water crisis. Block administrations too conceded the gravity of the problem and said that the matter had already been taken up with higher authorities.

More than 30,000 villagers living in 16 out of 26 villages of Chandrapara gram panchayet have been suffering from acute drinking water crisis. Other parts of the block like Chorolmoni, Kandaran, Gouripur and other areas are also reeling under the same crisis.

Mr Boxi today went to inspect the situation himself when he was gheraoed by the local inhabitants of Kandaran area. In face of the protest of the villagers RSP MLA blamed the administrations as well as the state government for their lack of initiatives in solving the problem. “This block is mainly inhabited by the minorities and the tribes. It is a recurrent problem here. Former Left Front government took initiatives by asking public health engineering (PHE) department to install tube wells here. Most of those have already gone defunct by now. But the present state government is blind to the crisis,” Mr Boxi said.

He added: “I knocked the doors of the administrations several times but in vain. Even the fund I allotted from my MLA LAD fund is still awaiting approval of the district administrations. It’s the inefficiency of the DM that the project is pending. If the matter is not resolved urgently, we would get on the streets to collapse all administrative work here.”

Block development officer (BDO) Bhaskar Mazumdar also conceded the problem. “Many villages in this block are suffering from water crisis. Installation of tube wells wouldn’t be able to solve the crisis comprehensively. PHE department has to take more enterprises and the electricity department too has to be active to ensure uninterrupted supply of water from PHE plants,” Mr Mazumdar said. He added that the matter was taken up with the district administrations also and it is being viewed seriously.

Meanwhile, the spell of summer continues in Malda with a little slash in temperature. The mercury today reaches 37.5 degree Celsius and the relative humidity was 79% as informed by the district meteorology department.

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