Keonjhar, March 12 (LocalWire): Villagers of Naranpur, demanding drinking water connection to the village, blocked the Naranpur-Keonjhar road for more than four hours on Tuesday, throwing traffic out of gear.
This was a followup to Monday’s blockade by neighbouring Haladiatangiri villagers.
A water pipeline from Kanjhari dam connects to Keonjhar town crossing the village. The people of the region demanded that the neglected villages should be connected to that pipeline to end their sufferings.
The women, who are the worst sufferers in the scorching summer months, since they have to walk long distances to fetch water, brought out their pitchers and buckets to block the road.
Sasmita Nayak, a villager said, ‘Due to lack of water sources we face a lot of problems. The tube well remains defunct and we have to travel long distances to collect water. If the authorities arrange for pipe water supply, then the villagers will benefit.’
Bhagabat Nayak. Assistant BDO said, ‘We are trying to meet the demands of the people.’
According to sources, there are about 3000 people living in the two villages, situated about 4-5 kms from the district the headquarter but they experience an acute shortage of drinking water.