People of this Ichoda mandal village have to trek at least a km to fetch a potful of drinking water
The severe shortage of water gripping the Keshavapatnam village of Ichoda mandal is hitting the normal life with people having to trek at least a kilometre on a daily basis to fetch drinking water. Water for bath and other chores is a distant dream for the people here. The village is located about 11 km from the mandal headquarter and populated by about 2,500 people of Multani origin.
“Tum Bolte Multani log nahate nahin. Peene ku hi pani nahi hai to nahaenge kaise”, questions Sheikh Ali, a Multani youth from the village as he talks of the effects of a severe water crisis gripping his village at present.
“We are lucky if we are able to have a bath and wash clothes once a week”, yells Sheikh Mazhar, Ali’s compatriot, from his bullock cart which was in the queue formed near Madavi Mahipat Rao’s agriculture field in neighbouring Gaidpalli village to purchase a drumful of water.
Mahipat Rao sells over 200 drums of water everyday at Rs. 15 per container which should give an idea of the severity of the problem.
As all the 500 households in Keshavapatnam cannot afford to purchase water, womenfolk in the poor homes are landed with extra work by way of collecting water.
The daily grind for such women begins at about 5 a.m. when they set out for an open well located at a distance of about one kilometre in another field in the opposite direction to fetch water in steel pots.
“Our problem actually starts in the month of February or latest by March and continues until August”, Mazhar says of the water shortage. The Rural Water Supply Department does not bother to supply drinking water through tankers which its officials vow to do when questioned by people. “A permanent solution to our problem is perhaps a better way out”, opines Ali, who is the vice-president of the Raza Masjid committee.
The villagers suggest construction of a medium-sized tank at Mediguda, which is located centrally to other villages like Mankapur, Gundi and Dharmapuri.