BY TC News Desk
Agartala, August 04: Lakshmibil area in Bishalgarh is grappling with a severe shortage of drinking water, leaving 65 families distressed for the past three to four months. Frustrated with the government’s inaction and lack of response from relevant departments, the affected families have resorted to consecutive protests to draw attention to their plight.
In an effort to awaken the authorities, the families staged road blockades, first on Thursday and then again on Friday morning, at the Bishalgarh bypass area. The residents of Madhya Laxmibil Gram Panchayat area allege that their complaints to local public representatives have fallen on deaf ears, exacerbating the water crisis.
A tragic incident involving a sick child who consumed water contaminated with iron has added urgency to their demands for a solution. The protestors claim that government pumps were recently installed in the area, but the work crew damaged their communication lines during installation, leaving them disconnected. Despite this, the promised repairs have not been carried out, and the residents continue to suffer from stomach ailments caused by consuming the iron-laden water.
To address the pressing issue, a water tank was sent to the area during the initial road blockade on Thursday. However, the 65 affected families assert that a single tank of water is insufficient to resolve the crisis, leading them to resume their protest.
Upon receiving news of the situation, Bishalgarh BJP Mandal Acting President Tapan Das, along with local ruling party leaders and members of the Bishalgarh Traffic Unit, rushed to the site. After a discussion, a commitment was made to promptly resolve the water problem, leading to the lifting of the road blockades.
Administrative officials also visited the area to assess the situation after the protests. The affected families now await prompt action to alleviate their prolonged ordeal of water scarcity.