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IFP Editorial: Manipur needs to frame a comprehensive Water policy to deal with non-stop supply of potable water to every home both in urban and rural areas throughout the year with special emphasis on adequate supply during the lean season.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 25 May 2022, 2:38 am

(PHOTO: IFP)
(PHOTO: IFP)

Imphal city is still reeling under acute water scarcity for the last few months and the state Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) is yet to come up with adequate measures for providing drinking water to the general populace. Water has stopped flowing in the PHED pipes since the last few months or so and people are buying water from private water tankers at exorbitant rates.

Major portions of Imphal city have been facing water scarcity and have had to depend on private water tankers. In fact, private water supply has become a booming business. Some enterprising people have started operating private water treatment plants near the Imphal River, even in the Chief Minister’s own constituency.

For those who could afford to buy 10,000 litre at Rs 7,000 and 1,700 litres at Rs 500, it is alright. But to the poor urban families, it has become a major burden with the MLAs turning a blind eye to the woes of the poor who cannot afford to buy water.

The VVIPs and VIPs, to whose homes and quarters water is delivered by government water tankers on a regular basis, might have been blind to the acute water scarcity facing Imphal city now.

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The much touted Jal Jeevan Mission and Jal Shakti Abhiyan still remain a mirage. BJP leaders had been claiming that before 2017 only six per cent were availing drinking tap water and now 62.19 per cent families are having that facility. But pipes need water for it to reach the homes. Again the problem is when water comes in the pipes, the push is not enough for the water to reach the water tanks installed at homes without a pump.

Practically, every home had to have a water pump without which the water comes in trickling. We still do not know when the Water Treatment Plant at Chingkhei Ching would become operational. On the other hand, one cannot simply depend on the Iroisemba Water Supply scheme. Now, we are more concerned right now about the acute scarcity of water facing the state. We hope Minister Sushindro would apply his mind to this important issue.

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With springs and rivers drying up, catchment areas lying in waste and wetlands vanishing, the future is very bleak for the state. Manipur experiences water scarcity due to lack of facilities to harvest rainwater and destruction of catchment areas, as per reports.

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Manipur has been receiving an annual rainfall of 1,467.5 mm, which is higher than the national average. There are also reports showing that 42 per cent of the natural springs in the hill areas of the state have vanished.

The state needs to frame a comprehensive Water policy to deal with non-stop supply of potable water to every home both in urban and rural areas throughout the year with special emphasis on adequate supply during the lean season. For the present, PHED needs to pool in public and private water tankers for supply of drinking water to the general populace who are now facing water scarcity.

The new PHED minister L Sushildro is known for his innovative ideas and non-conventional solutions to problems. That is why, we are still confused why he is not in action regarding the water scarcity. Perhaps, he has not been properly briefed on the situation. 

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First published:24 May 2022, 10:04 pm

Tags:

water supplyJal Jeevan Missiondrinking waterwater scarcityJal Shakti Abhiyanprivate water supplyimphal water supplyImphal drinking water

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IMPHAL, Manipur

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