By TC News Desk
Agartala, September 01, 2022: Local people blocked the road in demand of drinking water in Padmabil market under Khowai sub-division on Thursday. Local people from the area of Kshirodnagar ADC Village in Padmabil block area blocked the Khowai-Agartala road from 9 AM.
As a result of the blockade, vehicles stranded in queue on both sides of the road. Passengers’ suffering became extreme as vehicles got stuck midway in the scorching heat. By 1 PM, the protestors lifted the road blockade on the promise of an official of the Padmabil’s Drinking Water and Sanitation department.
The blockaders said that drinking water supply has been stopped in Kshirodnagar ADC village of Padmabil for more than two months. The sources of drinking water in the area went defunct and the people of the area blocked the road demanding to supply drinking water to the area. They claimed that despite bringing this problem to the attention of local leadership and administration officials, no necessary measures have been taken. So they were forced to blocked the national highway. The blockaders also said that drinking water was supplied through pipelines in the area. But it is not possible to supply water through the pipeline as the power supply has stopped. Due to non-supply of drinking water through pipelines, the water crisis in the area has become extreme. According to them, there is no alternative water system in the area. As a result, the problem has become more and more complex.
Forced by the pressure of the situation, they joined the road blockade. After a long siege, drinking water department officials rushed to the blockade site after getting the news. They assured the besiegers that drinking water sources in the Padmabil block area had been damaged and preparations were being made to repair these sources during wartime operations. Until the sources are repaired and restarted, efforts are being made to supply sufficient drinking water by tankers. Based on assurances, the local people withdrew the blockade movement after five hours.