Palampur, June 12
Drinking water crisis in Dehra Gopipur continued for the fourth day today as “Nakhear khud”, the water source supplying the city, dried up. All localities in Dehra Gopipur and adjacent satellite areas are waterless. People fetch water from traditional water sources like hand pumps, ‘bablis’ and wells to meet their daily needs. There is uncertainty as to when the water supply will be restored to the city.
The IPH department will provide water every other day
The water level at Nakehar khud supplying Dehara city and its adjoining areas had dropped, and the IPH department was unable to lift water to fill its aerial water tanks. From today, the IPH service would supply the town with water every other day. — Tilak Raj, Executive Engineer, IPH, Dehra Gopipur
Dozens of private tankers can be seen delivering water to different parts of the city. Subhash Chand and Kewal Walia, local residents, said they pay a high price per tank of water to supply their rooftop tanks. They demanded that the SDM immediately set the price of the water tanks to save the residents from exploitation. However, despite the serious water crisis, the IPH department has not yet put the water tankers into operation to deal with the water shortage.
Tilak Raj, Executive Engineer, IPH, Dehra Gopipur Division, said a new water lift system for the city is under construction and more than 70% of the civil works have already been completed. But a local resident managed to stay from the court due to which the work was delayed.
“Due to insufficient rainfall in March and April this year in Kangra valley, most local water sources have dried up in most parts of Kangra district, resulting in severe water shortage. . Rising mercury has further multiplied people’s misfortunes,” he added.
With the Dhauladhar glaciers retreating every year, experts say the government should seek alternative patterns rather than relying on natural river flow.
Sanjay Thakur, Executive Engineer, IPH, Palampur, says global warming, melting glaciers and receding snowfalls have affected surface water availability not only in Kangra but across the state. However, groundwater is available in abundance. Therefore, the government must shift the focus from surface water to groundwater where natural water is not available.