Agartala: Amid the threat of the all-engulfing coronavirus, people in the hilly areas of Tripura are facing the crisis of non-availability of drinking water. It is causing serious resentment among the hill people and the residents of Birmanipara village under Amarpur RD Block even threatened to boycott the forthcoming election of the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council.
Reports received from Amarpur, Kumarghat and Teliamura said that with the advent of the dry season, people are facing a serious crisis as in most of the places, sources of drinking water are not working. In some areas, the government is supplying water through tankers but these are too inadequate compared to the demand. Often reports are coming about disputes among the villagers over a collection of water.
People of Birmanipara are especially aggrieved as leaders of all the political parties have been giving them assurance for the last several decades to solve their problem but none of them have worked so far. The nearby villages like Birmani Colony, Raibahadur para, Thampiraibari also are facing a similar problem.
Reports from Kumarghat in Dhalai district also depicts the same picture as all the remote areas like Longtorai Reserve Forest, Deo Reserve Forest Jarulbachai, Jamirchera, SK Para are suffering from a severe water crisis. What is most worrying is the urban centers closer to sub-divisional headquarter like Manu Bazar, Natun Pally, Chanmoni Basti, Ghatokacharaibari are also not free from a water crisis.