Jajarkot village reeling under acute water crisis

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, JAJARKOT

Jun 13, 2017-

For around 30 households of Pyargara of Tribeni Nalgadh Municipality-4 in Jajarkot, a jar of water means around six hours of walk.

Locals have to walk at least three hours to reach the nearest water source.  

Water crisis has become acute, say locals who have to make a six-hour round trip to Naulo, the nearest area from where they can fetch water. 

“There is no water source of water in our village. Pyargara locals have no option than to walk for hours to fetch a jar of water. And the only water source in Chipchipe of Naulo is always crowded; hence we have to wait for our turns. This makes bringing water a time-consuming and tedious affair,” said Til Bahadur Sarki, a local. “Neither the state nor political party representatives have taken any initiative to address our plight.”

According to locals, Pyargara has been facing water crisis for years, with some claiming the problem to have been there for over 50 years.

During monsoon, according to Sushila, another local, Pyargara locals collect rainwater. “We use the water collected during rains despite knowing that it must be properly treated to make it drinkable. We have no option,” she said. 

The water crisis is also affecting children’s education. Children of schoolgoing age are spending more time to fetch water than in studies.

Pyargara, at the altitude of 3,000 metres, has always been poor in water and sanitation due to lack of water. 

Locals have built toilets but they have not been able to use them. 

With open defecation rife due to lack of water, the village faces the risk of diseases like diarrhoea and dysentery. 

Pyargara locals say they have only heard about drinking water projects worth millions of rupees. But our village does not seem to be priority, they said. 

Published: 13-06-2017 07:53

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