Sundernagar faces acute water crisis

November 28th, 2007 - 5:39 pm ICT by admin  

Sundernagar (Gujarat), Nov 28 (ANI): The residents of Sundernagar in Gujarat are facing an acute water crisis, with water being available for just an hour, that too in four days.
Social activists blame the administration for this crisis.
“We do not have proper water management facilities. Water mismanagement is responsible for such poor condition in the district. The government talks about development but if basic necessities are not up to the mark then where is the development,” said, Arvind Aacharya, a social worker and an Ex-MLA of Surendranagar.
So acute is the crisis, that even wells are drying up and the residents have to travel miles to access he nearest tube well.
“Our district suffers from a water crisis. Being a woman, I can understand how tough it is for a woman to fetch water from a stretch of two km,” said Tripti Shukla.
Though the State Government is providing water through tankers on a weekly basis, the water is untreated leaving over 165,000 people exposed to severe health problems.
Though the 664-village-strong region has been brought within the ambit of the multi-billion-rupee Narmada river project, the country’s biggest, still a million people of the region are experiencing acute water shortage.
Gujarat is entitled to get 9.0 million acre feet water from the Narmada Sardar Sarovar Project for its 8,215 villages and 135 towns and cities.
Analysts have predicted that drought and an increasing population will compound water scarcity. They want the government to focus on serious water management. (ANI)

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