Ambassa: Local residents on Thursday blocked a part of National Highway 208 that is bordering the subdivision of Kamalpur in the district of Dhalai, they were demanding smooth and regular supply of potable water for the area.
This morning hundreds of local women gathered on the NH 208 with their empty tumblers and blocked the road at Lambucharra area. They said that for the last fortnight the Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation (DWS) has not provided even a drop of potable water through the pipelines and taps.
As a result, they had to resort to quenching their thirst with impure water from the local rivulets and wells. Due to this blockade, vehicles were left stranded on both sides of the road.
After almost an hour the Sub Divisional Officer of the DWS department rushed to the spot.
He reassured the agitators that the water would be made available very shortly. Following this assurance the blockade was called off.
Throughout the district, the crisis of potable water turned acute mainly due to the decreasing level of ground water and also for the lack of proper implementation of different schemes of the department by the unscrupulous contractors and officials for decades.
Recently, the problem turned acute and the government faced a series of blockades in different parts of the district on a regular fashion.