TIKAMGARH: Angry scenes and squabbles have become a common site at Tikamgarh’s Naraiyaa Mohalla. With the Municipal Corporation now supplying water just once every three days, through tankers and water pipelines, quarrels often break out over water.
The drought that hit the district and neighbouring areas in distress-struck Bundelkhand has led to a sharp decrease in the ground water level. Not only have borewells dried up, the Jamunia river – the main source of water for the city – is also shrinking.
Farida Bi says, “We receive water in our taps once in four to five days and water tanker comes but only some days. Water we get from tanker lasts for a few days and on the remaining days, we struggle to get water.”
The municipal corporation which was earlier confident of being able to supply water to the people of Tikamgarh till May 30, is getting jittery now. Of the 460 hand pumps, 32 have dried up in the last one month and the water level of Bari Ghat dam which stores water of the Jamunia has come down from 12 feet to 9.5 feet. Authorities fear in the summer the water crisis may only worsen.
In the last monsoon rains, the district got less than half of the average 995 mm it gets during the season every year, leading to a crisis.
Vijay Shankar Trivedi, Tikamgarh Chief Municipal Officer told NDTV,” We are looking for alternate sources of water, in case the dam water dries up. These are difficult times. One solution is not to waste water and use it minimally. We are praying to God that it rains, apart from this there is nothing more we can do.”