Bodesara villagers reeling under acute water crisis

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 02 Mar 2017 11:02:30

Staff Reporter,


Mar 1,

Villagers come from Mahasamund to Raipur for complaint


Water woes have compelled the people of Bodesara village of Mahasamund district to come all the way to the state capital and express their concern to the state Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh and Water Resources Minister Brijmohan Agrawal.

The village was selected by the state government last year under the programme ‘Jal Kranti Abhiyan’, but still water is being supplied to it from another village. Bodesara village is located at Saraipali block in Mahasamund district.

There is water crisis in the village and a pond meant for the people though is spread over 12 acres, but it has become shallow and filled up with filth. It needs deepening and stone patching works. Due to hard rocks in the pond, the required tasks cannot be undertaken under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme.

It will be appropriate if machines of water resources department are used, the villagers informed. A delegation of villagers recently came to the state capital and they submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh in the ‘Jandarshan’ programme. The villagers have demanded for preparing an estimate at the earliest and also for approval of funds, informed the village Sarpanch Laxmidhar Patel.

They said that the ground water level of the village has drastically reduced. There is total crisis of drinking water and it is from another village Dangania the drinking water is being supplied. In order to increase the water level, Jal Kranti Abhiyan Samiti moved a proposal for construction of anicut across Kholti nalla. Estimated cost of Bodesara anicut was Rs 406.50 lakh and was approved, but due to lack of funds the work could not be started. In case the anicut is made, then along with people of Bodesara, thousands of farmers of Patsendri, Jalpur, Chandibhouna and other adjacent villages will be benefited, the villagers added.

According to the village former Sarpanch Makardhwaj Sao, the water woes are lasting since the village came into existence.

for organised study and finding efficient solutions. However, local governance always tries to hide the ground reality concerning the public and environment health to maintain stable economy, the study disclosed.
Therefore, they suggested for urgent precautionary measures to prevent contamination of groundwater resources and encourage rainwater harvesting and recharging of groundwater resources by natural precipitations. The observation by the duo was done between January 2015 and July 2016. They also suggested low cost domestic filtration system, pond sand filtration, rainwater harvesting and use of watershed management as primary solutions to the problem as these areas play major role to shelter economy by contributing electricity/Power, Cement, Coal, steel production. Chairman of Chhattisgarh Environment Board Aman Kumar Singh was tried to contact, but he did not respond to the message sent to him highlighting the issue.