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 main roads.
“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.

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