Champawat villagers face water,
essential goods shortage
Pithoragarh, September 26
Villagers in Champawat district are facing an acute shortage of drinking water
and essential goods due to the closure of seven drinking water schemes and 12
“The villagers of Pati and Champawat blocks are
facing an acute shortage of drinking water due to the closure of four drinking
water projects this year and some schemes that were closed last year. They are
now depending upon open water sources for their daily needs,” said Shankar Dutt
Pandey, a social worker of Champawat district.
Pandey said the Tan Malla scheme in the Pati
block, the Gurna Santolan scheme in the Barakot block and the Nagina Malla
drinking water scheme in the Champawat block were closed two months ago. “The
villagers are facing difficulties in fetching drinking water from distant
sources as other three schemes of the area have been lying closed since last
year,” he said.
According to local administration sources, nine
villages are facing a shortage of drinking water and the problem is being
addressed. “We are expecting funds from the government as we have already sent
proposals to the higher authorities,” said PC Kargeti, executive engineer of
Jal Sansthan, Champawat.
Besides water shortage, the villagers are facing
problems in transporting essential goods and they have to carry them on their
shoulders as 12 roads have been closed for the last two months. “We have given
orders to the department concerned to open at least five roads to give respite
to the villagers,” said Deepti Singh, ADM of Champawat district.
According to the District Disaster Management
office, the roads from Bagauti to Dungarleti, Chaurapita to Totalari and
Dhunaghat to Kharahi are lying closed for the last two months. More than 12
villages are facing problems due to the closure of roads.
The Tanakpur administration has started repairing
the damaged road to Purnagiri at Bartanagar as pilgrims and priests are
continuously complaining of inconvenience. “We have stationed one JCB machine
each at Baratanagar and Thuligar to speed up the repair work on the damaged
road. We want to complete the repair work before the Navratras when the number
of pilgrims to Purnagiri increases manifold,” said JS Rathor, SDM of Tanakpur,
in Champawat district.