Water crisis acute in Khotang villages

  • Locals say sources of water dried up in six VDCs
- Dambar Singh Rai, KHOTANG

May 31, 2014-

Residents of more than half a dozen VDCs in the western part of the district are reeling under acute shortage of drinking water.

The problem is so serious that scores of people of the area have migrated to elsewhere temporarily.

Local people said that most of public wells in the VDCs like Halesi Mahadevsthan, Durchhim, Mangaltar, Bahunidanda, Badahare, Chamsitar and Dikuwa have dried up. Chakra Rai of Durchhim said local people are forced to purchase water of late. He said 30 litres of water is sold for Rs 55. “We are left with no option other than sleeping empty stomach when we cannot purchase water. Children and those who cannot afford to purchase water are hit hard,” he said.

Gobinda Katwal of Bijayakhark VDC said around 71 families of the VDC have migrated temporarily due to water shortage.

“We were forced to migrate temporarily as water sources dried up. Now local people are drinking water from local Dikhuwa stream,” said Abhimaya Katwal of Bijayakhark VDC-2.

Rai Ramesh Gaule of Lichkiramchee VDC said 40 to 50 families of the VDC have migrated in the past three years due to the shortage of water. He said most of around 16 public wells in the area have dried up.

Juddha Pulami, former secretary of Mangaltar VDC, said their repeated calls to the authorities concerned to manage drinking water in the area have not been addressed. Pulami said that though a meeting of the concerned stakeholders declared the villages as water-deficit zones and assured them of resolving the problem, nothing has been done yet.

Devendra Kumar Jha, engineer at the District Drinking Water Office, said they do not have budget to manage water in the area and demanded that the problem should be resolved from central level.

Published: 01-06-2014 09:21

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