Residents of Nishangram, close to the border with Assam in North Garo Hills, have complained to Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma as well the Deputy Commissioner on their long-term water crisis.
In a memorandum submitted today to the DC, RP Marak, residents of the Babupara locality said the problem of water to the village has been an unending one.
“We have very few sources of water through streams or big springs despite being hilly. Some houses are using a little water from the small sources for potable drinking water as well as other household chores but it is not enough for them,” said Dreambest Marak, the Secretary to the Village Water Sanitation Committee (VWYC), who submitted the complaint today.
Marak said that the situation was such that people had to form lines to even take baths or for the purpose of drinking.
“The situation gets worse during the dry season. In some parts a single well is being used by a group of households and there are no proper places to dig wells. Some households are even walking half a kilometre to get potable drinking water,” added Marak.
Marak said the situation was pathetic and it was not only for drinking water that there was a clamour but for other domestic purposes as well.
“So far 88 households have not received any benefit of water from the Public Health Engineering Department. Until that is done, things will continue to be a mess for us. We seek your intervention into the matter at the earliest,” implored the complainants.