Rojalin Mishra

Cuttack: Hundreds of women from Kairapari village under Kotasahi panchayat  gheraoed the Tangi Block development officer(BDO ) inside his office protesting drinking water crisis in the area.

According to sources, the 'Swajaldhara' water project has stopped functioning while the sole tube-well in the village is also lying defunct for the past four months. As a result, the residents here are facing problems due to acute water shortage.

With no other option, the people are forced to consume contaminated water from the village pond, alleged the residents.

Though the local villagers and the Sarpanch had brought the matter to the notice of administration, the officials did not pay any heed to their grievances.

"Our life has become miserable due to water scarcity. If they will not resolve our problem we will continue our protest" said Sasmita Nayak, a local resident.

Meanwhile, the agitating women have submited a memorandum of their demands to the BDO.

"They have submitted a memorandum and I have instructed the Junior Engineer (JE)  and Assistant Engineer to resolve the issue at the earliest" said Tangi BDO, Binod Senapati.