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Bengal Village Reeling Under Water Shortage; Women Block Highway in Protest

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In Baksinagar village of West Bengal’s Malda district, individuals are dealing with acute water scarcity for the previous 10 days.

In Baksinagar village of West Bengal’s Malda district, individuals are dealing with acute water scarcity for the previous 10 days. There is just one deep tube effectively within the village that gives clear consuming water. However, on this scorching warmth, there’s not a drop of water within the tubewell for the previous a number of days. This is as a result of the electrical energy division has disconnected the availability to the tubewell. There have been excellent payments in the course of the lockdown imposed within the state owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

With no clear consuming water out there close by, villagers have been compelled to fetch water from far off areas. Many are counting on wells made inside their properties. Neighbours have been borrowing water from one another to quench their thirst and prepare dinner meals.

After repeated complaints to the village panchayat fell on deaf ears, the ladies of the village lastly took to the streets on Friday afternoon and blocked the Malda-Nalagola highway. The girls sat with placards and empty buckets on the highway and raised slogans in opposition to the panchayat and the administration. The site visitors got here to a standstill owing to the blockade and the Habibpur police pressure was compelled to intervene.

The protesters refused to vacate the spot until the officers assured them of motion. The cops tried to pacify them, however even after hours when the protesters didn’t budge, the panchayat chief and the block improvement officer reached the spot and warranted the difficulty shall be resolved quickly.

The BDO of Habibpur Supratik Saha stated a petition shall be filed with the ability division to request resuming provide to the tubewell. The public well being and technical division have additionally been requested to search out another supply of consuming water within the village. In addition, discussions are additionally being held with the electrical energy division to start out different deep tubewell connections within the village.

A neighborhood Trinamool Congress chief claimed he was unaware the tube effectively’s electrical energy provide being snapped. He stated a couple of days in the past additionally, the tube effectively was out of order and was repaired after the panchayat approached the division.

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