There is a village in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand where people have to quench their thirst by digging a dumping yard. Yes, people of Dhatwatand village under Mayal Panchayat of Chitarpur Block area of the district are still fighting for drinking water. These people quench their thirst with the water of the source of the dumping yard of CCL Rajarappa.
There is not even a road to go to this village. Electricity has reached, but its condition is also not good. As a result, the lives of the villagers have become difficult. The women of this village cover a distance of one kilometer and go to the dumping yard and collect the source water from them. Then fill it in Daigchi and bring it home, then go and quench their thirst.
Many people, including Shobha Hansda, Sarita Devi, Shivnath Soren, Lalchand Manjhi, Chhotalal Soren of the village, said that during rainy days one has to be forced to drink contaminated water with mud. Villagers said that many times appeals were made to get the public representatives to install the chapakal and dig a well, but no one noticed these demands.
Villagers told that there is not even an Anganwadi center in their village. Because of this, small children are deprived of education. The villagers say that the road in the village is also dilapidated. Several members including Chitarpur in-charge Uttam Kumar of the Student Youth Rights Front visited the village on Saturday and became aware of the problems of the villagers.
He said that even after independence, till now the drinking water has not been available to the people, this is the gross negligence of public representatives and officials. People here are being denied their basic rights. He said that in this context, an effort will be made to solve the problems by meeting the officers of the block.
The village has a population of 200 people
There are 30-35 families living in this tribal dominated village. The population of the village is about 200. The people here do not have the basic facilities. Because of this, they are having a lot of difficulty in living. Particularly, women are spending hours working to juggle water.