191 families get access to safe water in Baglung

- LAL PRASAD SHARMA, PRAKASH BARAL, Baglung
191 families get access to safe water in Baglung

Oct 30, 2014-

Unlike in the past, Narmaya Pun of Bobang VDC in the district is relieved of her compulsion to walk three hours to fetch water from nearby source of water, thanks to a drinking water projected implemented in her village.

One thousand and five hundred people of 191 families at Devistan VDC-7 and 8, Bobang VDC-1 and Adhikarichaur VDC-7 have been benefited from the project implemented by local Arnakot Deurali Drinking Water and Sanitation Project (ADDWSP) with financial assistance from Unica Foundation of the Netherlands.

Water has been lifted to the area situated at an altitude of 650 meters through two pumps installed at two places, including the source at Handichar. A total of 41 taps have been installed in the villages. The project cost more than Rs 26.1 million, of which local people raised Rs 5.6 million.

Meanwhile, the project has helped local people in various ways. Juthe BK of Bobang VDC-1 said his compulsion to migrate to elsewhere during winter has become a matter of past. Pun said her children no longer have to quit school to fetch water. Beg Bahadur Kunwar, acting headmaster at local Arnakot Lower Secondary School, said locals were forced to drink and use contaminated water earlier.

“We feel happy to have provided local people with water,” said, Bamdev Dhungana, president of Kaski branch of Nepal Red Cross Society which also helped implement the project. ADDWSP Chairman Lal Bahadur Kunwar said though it was difficult to lift water to such higher area, use of technology helped them make the process easier.

Published: 31-10-2014 09:14

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