LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Water wars at Laitkor in Shillong!
Wed, 3 Jan 2018|
Date: January 3, 2017
TNT- the Northeast Today
The Lok Sabha was recently informed that over 10 crore people in the country are getting water contaminated with excess fluoride. Access to clean drinking water is a far flung dream for the country, the dilemma not always lies with the political might but the conscience of each and every one of us.
Water has been the biggest problem in Laitkor for anyone coming as a newcomer, precious time and money are wasted in filling the tanks ranging from 200 litres to 1000 litres. Queues line up in the morning with women and children fetching water but when you ask locals living in the area about the prospect of having pipes through a system of channeling the MLA scheme to getting better pipes to each and every home, the answer brings a pall gloom in your face. Forget checking the quality of water but are the tanks cleaned every three months?
Face saving is always a better option for many local authorities who are tasked to plug these holes. The solution that lies is not a continent away but just few miles or hours. Summer or winter, the action should be taken immediately by the local MLA and the collective intervention of everyone.
C. L Gatphoh