GUWAHATI, May 5 – Facing acute water crisis for the past several years, the people of Katabari and Dhirenpara areas in the city fringes have appealed the GMC authorities to introduce some immediate measures to solve the problem in their areas.
Due to very low level of ground water in the foothills, residents of the area face immense difficulties as at times, their deep tube-wells also fail to pump out ground water.
People living in the hilly terrains of Dhirenpara, Katabari and Lokhra areas are in a more disadvantageous position as they have to cover long distances to collect water for their everyday needs.
“Earlier also, we have submitted many memorandums to the Guwahati Municipal Corporation, the Guwahati Development Department (GDD), State Water Resource Department and other authorities concerned. But, an urgent need is being felt for some immediate step to introduce even some kind of short-term water supply measures in the area as the situation is deteriorating gradually,” Dipak Saud, a local of Katabari, said.
The residents of Dhirenpara, Katabari and other adjacent areas organised several public meetings, protest marches and dharnas over the issue of water crisis but no step has been taken till today to address their problem.
“In recent few years, the State government has taken up many construction work in and around these areas with an aim to expand the city. But unfortunately, nothing has been done to address the basic problems of water, drainage, road and public transport system. As the area is located in the outskirts of the capital city and is inhibited mostly by the poor and middle class people, our demands are often not addressed with the required urgency,” complained a resident of Dhirenpara locality.