Hai Pani! Hai Hai Pani! Whose water is it any way?
Mahoba: The politics over water in Bundelkhand escalates but not the water level leaving people of the region high and dry.
The situation in drought-hit Mahoba and other areas of this region in Uttar Pradesh is worsening day by day but the the state government is still adamant on not to accept the water train sent by the Centre.
The rift between the Centre and UP government has widened further adding to the woes of thousands of populace of Bundelkhand. The water level of the Urmila dam, one of the major sources of water in the region, is southwards while the water in ponds can hardly be said of potable quality.
Mahoba District Magistrate Veereshwar Singh also accepted that 40 villages of the districts were reeling under acute water crisis. The district administration, however, is making hollow claims that it has 63 road water tankers to fulfil the water needs.The district administration is trying to quench the thirst of Bundelkhand by making a runnel from Urmila dam and is claiming that there is adequate water in their reservoir to meet the requirements of natives.
Kabrai is the most affected village:
Clash for water is an ordinary thing in this village and the district magistrate also accepts this.
Water is being supplied at 54 points in this village through road tankers.
The situation has worsened to an extent that water is distributed in the presence of police.
Arrangements: There are about 14163 hand pumps in rural areas while 4000 are in urban areas.
2434 ‘charahi’ have been made for animals to drink water.
The logic behind refusing water train:
DM Veereshwar Singh says that there is adequate water in the area and taking water through trains will increase the cost. Water in all these 40 districts is available at a distance of 200-300 metres.