GUWAHATI, Nov 16 � Approaching winter season has once again led to the scarcity of drinking water in Satgaon, Patharquarry and Magajine areas of the city, where people are paying by their nose for potable water.
Already affected by many other problems like bad road condition, water-logging etc., during monsoons, lack of drinking water is the biggest problem people of these localities face with the advent of the winter.
Though the areas fall under the Dispur Legislative Assembly constituency, several representations of the local people demanding small water supply schemes have failed to attract the attention of the authorities.
�Winter season adds to the expenses of the people living in the areas like Satgaon, areas near VIP Road, Dolgaon, Patharquarry etc., as the ground water level depletes and all the natural sources of water get dried up. People are compelled to buy water from the private water suppliers,� said Jiten Barthakur of Satgaon area.
The local also complained that their demands of small-scale water supply schemes to cater to the people living in these areas are not taken seriously by the authorities.
�Whenever we approach the government departments with the proposal of such schemes, it is argued that a massive water supply scheme is on the anvil, which would be sufficient for the people of entire Guwahati. However, almost four years have passed and we are yet to witness the implementation of the ambitious project,� another local, a State government employee, said on condition of anonymity.
�It is the responsibility of the State government to provide safe drinking water to the citizens. However, it is unfortunate that the authorities have no alternative plan till the ambitious water supply project becomes a reality,� he added.
The people living in such areas mostly belong to the lower and middle income groups, and buying water for everyday use for nearly five months is a huge additional burden on their budgets. The locals also demanded that the government improves the condition of the arterial roads of the localities and provide land patta to the indigenous people living in those areas for several decades.