Water crisis worsens in Madhya Pradesh

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 May 2018 10:40:38


Staff Reporter

Water crisis has aggravated in Bundelkhand and some other parts of Madhya Pradesh. People are having harrowing time in arranging drinking water and water for daily use. In many villages, people have to walk long distances to fetch drinking water. Meanwhile, water crisis has acquired political hues as Congress State President Kamal Nath has taken potshots on the Government over water problem.MLA from Jatara Assembly constituency (Tikamgarh) Dinesh Kumar Ahirwar said to “The Hitavada” that water problem has taken serious shape in his constituency. Hand pumps have gone dry as ground water level has gone down drastically. “Water problem is more serious in rural areas. Panchayats are not having water tankers. How panchayats can ensure water transport facility if they don’t have water tankers,” he claimed.

He added that Nal Jal Yojana, which is an ambitious scheme of the Government to provide drinking water, is also not satisfactory. “Only five to ten percent Nal Jal schemes are working. It is from January month that I have been cautioning Government over impending water problem but no concrete steps were taken to tackle the problem,” he alleged.Moreover, he suggested that, if a dam is constructed over Dhasan river, then water problem could be contained to large extent, but this is a time consuming exercise.Water crisis has cropped up at a time when it is a marriage season. BJP MLA from Gunnor Assembly constituency in Panna district, Mahendra Singh also accepts candidly that water crisis is haunting people and they are anyhow arranging water.

“Water level has gone down to 400 to 500 feet. Hand pumps have become non functional in villages owing to depletion in ground water level. I see women standing in queue in nights at tubewells to get bucket full water. There is situation of water and we are trying to cope up with situation,” he added. Meanwhile, Congress State President Kamal Nath made a scathing attack on Government over prevailing water crisis situation in Madhya Pradesh. “Water crisis is before the State, but Government is still making workplans. If every year, water problem crops up, then why workplan is not chalked up in January month itself. I ask what CM learnt from his 13 years long experience,” he said. He claimed that water crisis has reached to alarming level in Bundelkhand and such is the situation that half of the population of the region is being forced to migrate. Every year, crores of rupees are spent in the name of meeting water problem, but effect is not palpable on ground. Maximum wells and hand pumps are dry. The life of women and children living in water crisis-hit Bundelkhand is not less than a battle every day. Malnutrition is spreading is spreading its wings and even animals are dying.