Udalguri: Along the Assam–Bhutan border lives a community that has been drinking water from dug up holes in the ground. People of ‘Goya Community’ have been living with the reality of water scarcity for years now.
Villagers of Rajagarh in Uldalguri’s Panery Constituency depend entirely on sludgy water for their survival. They have no option but to use the same contaminated water for drinking, cooking, bathing, washing clothes and other household purposes.
As the women travel long distances to fetch water, some fear leaving their children alone at home, sometimes for as long as 3 to 4 hours.
Lack of clean water at their disposal, poor hygiene and sanitation makes the villagers vulnerable to diseases. Some have even developed skin diseases. While some households reserve water for days, others go days without bathing.
A few are, however, hopeful and waiting for the newly elected MLA of Pamery Constituency, Biswajit Daimary, to resolve the problems.
“Former MLA Kamali Basumatari was only good with words but never paid any attention to the development in our area. We are hopeful that BJP will do us some justice. We also hope that the newly elected MLA of Panery Constituency, Biswajit Daimary provides us with a permanent solution,” said a local resident.
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