|Drinking water crisis in Lakhimpur villages|
NORTH LAKHIMPUR, Oct 1 – Many villages in Lakhimpur district, situated on the north-western part bordering Arunachal Pradesh, have been facing problems in accessing pure drinking water as the rivers from where they fetch water are drying up. Villagers at Banderdewa, Pilkhana, Merbil, Pathali Pahar, Pithaguri, Dikrong, Dropang, Bhogpur, Madhupur and Garubandha are facing acute shortage of drinking water as the Public Health Engineering Department is non-existent in these areas.
Due to the lack of any drinking water facility provided by the PHE Department, the villagers of Dropang depend on the water of the Dropang river like those at Garubandha depend on the Garubandha river. Similarly, the Pichala river is the only source of drinking water for the villagers of Pichala and the Dikrong river is the source for the villagers of Ranga Reserve, Golajuli, Talgaon and Bihari Basti. Small natural streams like Mynahjuli, Tengajuli and Bogolee also provide drinking water to some of the villagers of these areas.
Villagers from Banderdewa, Merbil and Silikhaguri also depend on rivers as drinking water sources. The PHE set up drinking water facilities at Pithaguri, No. 1 Dikrong Chapori, Harmutty and Pilkhana villages about a decade ago. However, none of these facilities are now functional. As a result, a large chunk of the population in Lakhimpur district living along the border areas has become vulnerable to various water-borne diseases.