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Rising mercury increases water crisis in Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur: The rising level of mercury has not only made life unbearable but has also added to water woes in Jamshedpur so much so that the district administration has geared up to tackle the drinking water crisis with an action plan.

In order to redress the water woes of the citizens during the summer season, the East Singhbhum administration is gearing up to prepare an action plan that includes repair hand pumps, distribution of water through tankers and several other initiatives drinking water programme.

According to the information, the water problem is more severe in the areas located at the tail-end of water supply system and on the city outskirts. In order to end the water woes of the resident the district administration has decided to distribute water through tankers in the areas of Baghbera, Jugsalai, Pursudih and Karandih, which are the worst affected areas.

The district administration expects that due to the scanty rainfall last year, more tube wells could dry up as the groundwater recedes further.

To ensure water supply in the affected area, the public health and engineering department will increase the water tanker trips.

Moreover, the water reservoirs of the city have not collected rainwater due to scanty rains. To deal with the situation, the district administration is getting ready with its plan, which would be implemented when the water crisis intensifies in the next coming months.

A senior district official said that said if the water crisis in the city increases, they would increase the water supply through tankers.

“It is really difficult times for us. The scorching heat along with decreasing water level has made life difficult for us.  Long queues of women standing for waters at hand pumps are regular feature,” said Yohesh Sharma, a resident of Baghbera.

Now, as the water crisis is looming large since the city received scanty rain last year, the supply of water through tankers would be increased by around 30 lakh litres.

According to the district administration, water tanker trips daily will ensure the supply of water in the slum areas of the city, where the water crisis is looming large because the tube wells and hand pumps have dried up.

According to the information, the water problem is more severe in the areas located at the tail-end of water supply system and on the city outskirts.

In order to end the water woes of the resident the district administration has decided to distribute water through tankers in the areas of Baghbera, Jugsalai, Pursudih and Karandih, which are the worst affected areas.

“It is really an agonising wait for the women for the arrival of water tankers in areas deprived of water supplies through the pipelines. Long queues of women standing fro waters at hand pumps are regular feature,” said Abhay Kant, a resident of Baghbera.

“We get water supply only for 15 minutes daily and then it stops. How are we supposed to store it for the entire day? The quality of water is also poor.

Though the tankers are ensuring that residents get their daily quota but still it is not enough to quench the thirst,” a resident of Jugsalai.

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