Gujarat villages endure acute water shortage

June 14th, 2009 - 7:38 pm ICT by ANI  

Vansi Borsi (Gujarat), June 14 (ANI): Residents of villages in the region of Vansi Borsi, a port town in Gujarat, are facing a severe shortage of water, even as the district authorities say the problem will be rectified soon.

At the break of dawn, villagers line up at wells to fill up their quota of water.

The scarcity of water has even upset the schedule of school-going children since they are busy in fetching water with no time to study or play.

“Because of water, we have not been able to concentrate on our studies. In the summer vacations, when others go out, we are here to fill water. It is a grave problem in the village,” noted Deepika Tandel, a village girl.

Some villagers also don’t even wait for dawn and start for the daily chore right from the wee hours of the night.

A few others gather around leaking water pipes to fill their containers.

This water scarcity has made life miserable for over 26 villages in and around Vansi Bonsi.

However, the district authorities, including the area legislator, said that they are working to address the problems faced by the villagers and hope to rectify the problems at the earliest.

Lakshman Patel, a legislator representing the Gandevi area, said: “We have been able to provide water to some villagers and will soon provide all of them with enough water.”

With availability of clean water being a common problem, the entire country waits eagerly for the monsoons for respite from soaring temperatures and water-related woes.

The monsoon is crucial to farm production. (ANI)

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