BONGAIGAON: Even after 17 years of the BPF's rule in BTC, the condition in interior BTC still remains deplorable. An example of this can be seen in Athiyabari village of Kachikatra in Chirang district where the villagers have to drink dirty and unhygienic water from a pond.
This is an Adivasi-dominated village where several hundred people live. Talking to mediapersons, a villager lamented that there was not a single well or tubewell in the village. "We know that drinking water from the pond may make us sick. But we have no other option. We appealed to the government several times regarding this but never got any positive response," the villagers said.