While the entire nation with special mention to few states like Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradsh, Haryana in particular – is battling with water shortage, the locals and the farmers of Hisar district have reached Rajasthan government for the merger of their village with the state after continuously struggling with water scarcity.
Hisar lies along the border with Rajasthan. The people of the villages from Balawas, Kaparo and Basara say they are fed up of false promises of a solution to their drinking water woes. The residents of Basara have run out of hope from the Haryana authorities to solve their water issue and wanted their village.
According to a report in Times of India, villagers have been continuously protesting for over two months seeking a resolution to their water crisis, but to no avail. “There is no water in our reservoirs. We have requested the government to provide us with water but no efforts have been made. We are very fed-up now,” said a local.
“We are facing this issue from the past so many years. We have requested the Khattar government to resolve the issue but no action is taken till now. We are left with no other option but to urge Rajasthan,” said another local.
The residents of the village have reportedly boycotted voting in Lok Sabha polls and now they are threatening to boycott the upcoming Haryana Assembly polls as well.
The story is the same in several other villages where recently the villagers reportedly attacked elected panchayat member – Rajbala – after a meeting with her failed to yield any result. However, the panchayat member did not complain to police saying the grudges of the people over water issues are legitimate.
The heat and water issues have returned to haunt the people of Latur as well. What further worsens the situation here is the scanty rain that the district receives every year. People’s only source of water here is a tanker that barely reaches to them on a regular basis.