Bhubaneswar :24/5/17; Drinking water scarcity has provoked angry protest in several areas across the state despite the governmental claim that ‘all is well’.Protesters mainly women pelted bangles with water taps going dry in their localities in Belpahar township of Jharsuguda district. Residents of the township had blocked the national highway yesterday to get a drop of water. Murmur of protest has been evidence invariably in majority of urban areas even as drinking water is becoming scarce with each advancing days of summer.
If the prevailing situation is bad for urbanites, things have gone from bad to worse in rural Odisha.
The sorry plight of tribal settlers in a far-flung village is a glaring case in point.
The women of Jamalipali village under Ulunda block in Subarnapur district undertake more than two kilo metres journey to fetch water. The journey along the circuitous roads takes the tribal women at least half-an-hour. The return journey with water-filled pitchers is more time -consuming.