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RIGHT TO LIVE, DANGEROUS SHORTAGE OF DRINKING AND IRRIGATION WATER IN BILASPUR, HIMACHAL

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SATLUJ YAMUNA LINK (SYL) AND ITS POLITICIZATION WAS IN THE NEWS RECENTLY. EVERYONE WAS WORRIED ABOUT SHORTAGE OF WATER IN HARYANA BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF BILAPSUR, HIMACHAL PRADESH FROM WHERE THE WATER WOULD BE SUPPLIED

BILASPUR IS COMPLETELY DEPENDENT ON AGRICULTURE BUT LACK OF WATER FOR IRRIGATION HAS FORCED MILLIONS TO LEAVE FARMS AND MOVE TO CITIES. EVEN DRINKING WATER IS SUPPLIED ONLY TWICE A WEEK FOR 2 HOURS EVEN LESS AND SOMETIMES ONLY ONCE A WEEK. THERE IS ENOUGH WATER IN KHUDS AND STREAMS THAT GOES UNTAPPED. LAYING OF PIPE LINES HAS BEEN DONE AT SNAILS PACE IN THE LAST DECADE AND THE LINES LAID ARE FULL OF LEAKS EVERYWHERE.

THE MACHINES TO PUMP WATER ARE OUTDATED. PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP AGRICULTURE IN MOST PARTS. THE STATE HAS JUST BECOME A TOURIST HOT SPOT WITH UNCARING TOURISTS WHO ONLY WANT NATURAL BEAUTY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LOCALS PEOPLE AND RESULTING IN FURTHER SHORTAGE OF WATER.

  • FEW PEOPLE KNOW THAT HIMACHAL IS THE FRUIT BASKET OF INDIA
  • BILASPUR IS IN THE DIRECT CATCHMENT AREA OF THE BHAKRA DAM STILL IRRIGATION WATER CANNOT BE LIFTED FROM THE DAM.
  • BILASPUR HAS BEEN IGNORED FOR MORE THAN 2 DECADES NOW.
  • LAND HOLDINGS ARE SMALL RESULTING IN FURTHER STRESS ON BORROWED FINANCE WHICH HAS RESULTED IN FARMER DEBT FORCING PEOPLE TO LEAVE AGRICULTURE.
  • DIGGING OF A BOREWELL IS A PROLONGED AND AGONIZING PROCESS SOMETIMES TAKING MORE THAN 5 YEARS TO GET CLEARED IN GOVERNMENT OFFICES. 
  • PEOPLE OF BILASPUR ARE NOT WELL REPRESENTED AND THUS ARE LACKING BEHIND
  • SYL AND ITS POLITICIZATION WOULD RESULT IN EVEN MORE ACUTE SHORTAGE OF WATER.

TAXES AND BILLS ARE COLLECTED WITHOUT FAIL THEN WHY IS THE GOVERNMENT LACKING IN SOLVING THIS PROBLEM

http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/himachal/furore-over-inept-handling-of-water-irrigation-schemes/384207.html



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