Villagers face acute drinking water shortage in Sambalpur

Sambalpur:  With the onset of summer, residents of Nuapada village under Sambalpur Municipal Corporation limits in the district are now staring at acute drinking water crisis. The sole tube-well in the village is now unable to cater to the drinking water requirements of nearly 50 households. As a result, the villagers have to walk 2 kms to fetch water from a pond.

“Drinking water can’t be accessed from the tube-well all the time. As a result, we are now depending on a pond to meet our daily water requirements,” rued a local, Tapaswini Khadia.

“Despite repeated complaints, no concrete step has been taken yet by the authorities,” alleged another local, Gulthu Suren.

Sources said when the water from the pond dry up, the locals fetch water from a small well built near a farming land.

“Many a times we suffer from various kinds of diseases due to consuming polluted water from open source,” said a local resident Bipra Jauda.

Responding to the allegations, senior district officials informed that the issue will be resolved soon.

“We will conduct an inquiry and if there is any problem, the issue will be addressed,” said Executive Officer of Public Health Department, Manoj Ranjan Nanda.