Jharkhand: Villagers forced to collect water from pits

4 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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The water crisis in Idaldih village, Potka Block, Jharkhand, seems to have no end and is just becoming worse as time goes on.

The water crisis in Idaldih village, Potka Block, Jharkhand, seems to have no end and is just becoming worse as time goes on.

The Idaldih village’s three “jal minars” (overhead tanks or water towers) and all of its borewells had long since dried up and ceased to function, leaving the residents with little choice but to gather water for drinking and cooking from open pits.

The Idaldih village in Potka block, which is located around 50 kilometres from the Jamshedpur district headquarters, contains 45 dwellings, and all of the villagers—including women, children, and individuals with physical disabilities—have been suffering from a severe lack of drinking water for several months.

The three water towers, which have been abandoned for the past two years, were pointed out by the townspeople.

The locals stated, “We have brought up the matter with local officials and public representatives, but there has been no relief.”

They claimed that if the relevant government authorities continue to turn a blind eye to the severe water shortage issue, it will become very difficult for them to live.

Biswanath Baske, the gram pradhan, acknowledged the problem of water scarcity and assigned blame to the authorities.