Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Khurda, Mar 5:
Ghasidiha village in Banapur block, under Deogaon panchayat area in Khurda district of Odisha is facing severe water crisis.
The dalit village of more than 2500 residents has only five tube wells, out of which three are not working.
The two tube well are insufficient in fulfilling the needs of the villagers, therefore villagers are dependant on the village pond for their water requirements.
The village pond is very polluted but they are forced to drink the unhygienic water. Appeals by the villagers to clean the pond has fallen on deaf ears.
Since the maintenance of tube wells and water bodies is under the Panchayat, when the Deogaon sarpanch Akshya Behera was asked he said he will immediately look into the matter.
“We will do the work in war footing if people complain,” panchayat sarpanch said.