Water shortage grips Palpa village

- MADHAV ARYAL, Palpa

Apr 30, 2014-

Local people in Palungmainadi VDC in the district have been facing an acute shortage of drinking water. Almost 100 households residing in the highlands of Batase, Deudi, Biraudi and Maidi are reportedly deprived of drinking water. The locals are forced to queue up at a well for hours to fetch a ‘gagri’ (traditional water container) of water, while some are compelled to walk up to two hours to reach the well.

Bibha Thadrai, who wakes up everyday at four in the morning to fetch water, said she has had to come back empty handed at times as the well usually dries up. “Since we wait for our turns on a first-come-first-serve basis, people travel to the well as early as 2am.”

 “The scarcity of drinking water is beyond imagination, but our concerns are still not in priority of the authorities,” said another local Shiva Karki, adding that he has had to wait for five hours to fill water. Boda village is reportedly most affected by the scarcity. Residents at the VDC have been surviving on water brought through a pipe from the forest at Ribdikot. However, after the forest source dried up, we only have the well for water, said Kalpana Karki.

Though locals boil the water from the well before consuming it, it has caused a threat to their health as it is deemed not potable. Though Rs 700,000 is allocated by the District Development Committee and Division Water Office to address water shortage in the VDC, an amicable solution is yet to be figured out, said locals.

Published: 01-05-2014 08:32

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