GUWAHATI: It is sardonic that after years of claims to improve water crisis in the city, right before each election by every political party, the same has never been realized. It has become almost an aching reality of the urban residents to make do with bare minimum when it comes to water, almost all of which is bought.
As claimed by Prabajan Virodhi Manch supported Indipendent Candidate from No 7 Lok Sabha Constituency, Upamanyu Hazarika, drinking water crisis is now considered to be the core problem in Guwahati, where almost 60 to 70 percent of the residents have to buy water. Projects undertaken by the government to resolve this crippling dilemma remains unfinished.
Talking to the Sentinel, BJP’s Lok Sabha poll candidate for Guwahati seat Queen Ojha stated, “There are problems including that of potable water in hamlets atop hills. If I come out the winner, I’ll have to talk to experts so as to seek solutions to the problems.”
While Congress Lok Sabha poll candidate for Guwahati seat Bobbeeta Sharma had stated, “Guwahati has many problems; drinking water crisis is one of the foremost that need immediate attention. Many homes in this city have to buy water for consumption. When BJP government came into power, they claimed to resolve the problem which incidentally has never been done so. If I come out as winner, I will see to it that besides overseeing the adequate growth of the city, I tackle the crisis afflicting the people residing in it.”
“Every five years, our hopes rise upon the promises laid down by contesting MPs and every time we have to face dejection. Our optimism has been sapped clean by the empty promises now”, said Dipen Ray, a resident of Tarun Nagar.
Another resident of Christian Basti stated, “Last year, MP Bijoya Chakraborty made a similar claim like our current contesting MPs, to resolve water crisis once and for all, but it never came through. Pinning hopes on any MP to understand what we are going through seems futile now.” Among all the allegations and complexities, the citizens of the city now wait with baited breath to witness whether this year’s chosen MP for Guwahati does the trick and resolve the troubles ailing the residents or they are in for another deception.
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