Jhansi (Uttar Pradesh), Apr 20 (ANI): Acute water scarcity in drought-prone Uttar Pradesh's Jhansi region is now forcing people to buy this basic necessity.
There is no water available, especially in the Raksa sub-division of the district. Villagers are facing severe problems as their fields are parched and they are forced to purchase drinking water.
Concrete water tanks are not functioning and most wells and hand-pumps in the area have dried up due to decreasing ground water level.
"There is no water in hand pumps, nor in wells. So we bring water tanks here and sell it to locals. We sell one box for one rupee," said Sant Ram, a water seller.
People complain that the region has been facing water shortage for many years and the administration has not taken measures to resolve their problems.
"The situation here is such that people of this village are forced to buy water. The reason behind it is the negligence of the administration. And because of their negligence, the concrete water tank here is also empty as no development is done," said Arvind Vashisht.
They also alleged that despite assurances by concerned authorities for adequate water supply, the situation has not improved. However, officials say that efforts are being made to help the people.
"Administration is trying its best that locals do not have to buy water. If village council heads feel that there is requirement of funds then they can go for collections," said Kripa Ram Singh, Chief Development Officer. (ANI)