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British era well quenching thirst of 500 villagers in Potka near Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur, March 4: With summer announcing its advent, water crisis has already started rearing its ugly head especially in villages under the Potka Block where parched throats are perennial summer torture. The worst hit are the denizens of Rangamatia, Rimda and Bededa villages whose sole dependence for potable water is the sole 20 feet deep British era well that was dug eight decades back.

Rimda residents Prof Somay Majhi, Chita Hansda and Arti Tudu said that out of four tubewell sets two have remained ‘dormant’ since a long time and the people have lost count of the number of months and years that these have remained in a state of disrepair in spite of several reminders and urgings to the authorities that be. They pointed towards a water tower that dries up come April. The villagers of Rangamatia, Rimda and Bededa have to form long queues at the British era well to collect potable water during the harsh, summer months.

Villagers complained, “during the tenure of Raghubar Das as Chief Minister a durbar had been set up in Balijudi where the residents of the three villages had demanded from the then BDO Kapil Kumar the construction of a water tower and construction of a lake but they alleged that such demands were now collecting dust in piles of government files.

Villagers also rued that a stretch of road that was demanded by them for easier communication especially during monsoon had fallen of deaf years as a result of which they were forced to traverse private land holdings in lieu of a proper road.

If government officials concerned continue to remain oblivious of the villagers’ persisting, acute water crisis, the denizens will find it very difficult to survive through the summer for want of water.

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