The nearly 390 villagers of Patpadi in Kishanganj, Baran district, are looking to rest of summer with dread. It is early summer still, and the water in the town has already dried up. There is only one handpump in the town, and it lies kaput. Villagers have to head out to the fields and draw water from a handpump there.
Om Prakash Sahariya, Nawal Kishore and other residents of the town said the water issue has been growing more and more acute. “We need to give up work to search for water. For the ladies, it is first task each morning, and they sometimes take all day just to get enough water for the home. The little kids also can’t get away from this task,” said Ram Kumar, a resident.
Local authorities have been informed of the issue, however action is lacking. Sarpanch Malkhan Singh Meena said the handpump that is in need of repair will be attended to, at the earliest. “There is likewise a proposal to dig another tubewell. Soon as the proposal is sanctioned, work will begin,” he said.
Firoz Khan, an activist who regularly visits these towns, disclosed to media that the residents of these towns can seldom get their voice heard in government. District collector SP Singh couldn’t be reached on phone.