DIGBOI, July 22 - The historic Digboi town, which boasts of oldest oil refinery of Asia set up in 1901, is now beset with many civic problems.
The town, surrounded by pristine greenery and abundant wildlife has always been a tourist attraction. Crude oil was struck here in the late 19th century. Though various projects have been undertaken for the development of the Digboi Refinery, yet the common people residing here are facing a plethora of civic issues of which shortage of potable drinking water is a major one for decades. Whereas a part of upper Assam has abundance of drinking water, the residents of Digboi have to store up drinking water.
The problem of potable water contains a bigger problem within. The Digboi Refinery, being the oldest oil well of Assam, has been providing livelihood to thousands of people living around the town. The Refinery has always tried to ameliorate the problems faced by the residents. But the crude being released by the Refinery, it has been witnessed, gets mixed up with the clean water, creating an unwanted odour in the water and making g it oily and dirty. This problem may lead to a serious health issue among the people residing there.
The residents feel that the Refinery should try to minimise the problem of waste crude oil getting mixed up with drinking water. They feel that the management should also build a separate area for disposing of the waste.