They lose wages to fetch water

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every drop counts: Women collecting water from a borewell in a village in Kangti mandal, Medak district.
every drop counts: Women collecting water from a borewell in a village in Kangti mandal, Medak district.

R. Avadhani

Women spend one-third of their working time daily at borewells

SANGAREDDY: For Koni Bai and Vimala Bai, it is a choice between drinking water and daily wage. For, they have to spare three hours or one-third of their wage-earning time daily to fetch the elixir of life. They had been losing wages this way for the last three weeks or so and would lose more in the next six weeks.

Apart from foregoing the wage, they have to trek three kilometres from their hut in Mukulnaik tanda, for fetching drinking water from a borewell located at Dharmanaik tanda. Promises made by political leaders and Government officials remain unfulfilled. Come summer, their problems begin and they would end only after the onset of the monsoon.

Long queue

At Dharmanaik tanda borewell, they have to stand in a long queue for at least one hour to get three pots of water. Sometimes they have to return empty handed as the water yield from the borewell has been going down.

Worried about the problems being faced by the fellow tribesmen, Sardar Rathod, a ZPTC member from Kangti, got a bore dug at a cost of Rs. 35,000 but it was of no use. This was the second bore dug by him with government funds. “There is no ground water available here. What is the purpose of digging more bores except wasting money?'' says Rathod.

Even the mandal headquarters, Kangti, with a population of around 10,000, is also facing the drinking water problem. The only alternative being suggested by locals is to make use of existing borewells in some farms. The panchayats were ready to sanction funds for laying pipelines from such sources.

Though the district administration enhanced the hire amount of borewells from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 4,000 per month, public representatives are demanding that it should be hiked to Rs. 10,000 per month. A resolution was also passed in the recently held general body meeting of the Zilla Parishad.

“The demand is genuine as the farmer has to sacrifice water at the expense of his crop. We have to spare this amount as it is for only two months in summer,” said Narayanakhed MLA P. Kishta Reddy.



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