A defunct hand pump at LBSM College on Thursday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, April 7: Work has doubled for Saro Hansda these days.
The Grade IV employee of LBSM College, a constituent of Kolhan University, has to carry buckets of water for examinees appearing for intermediate examination at the college.
Saro is not alone. Other Grade IV employees, who generally look after cleanliness of the college, have the same job in hand, all thanks to defunct hand pumps on the campus.
At present, the only source of water for the college is a hand pump outside the premises. As a result, not only the 700 examiness taking the intermediate test, but also 5,000 students of the college are bearing the brunt of water crisis.
“The two hand pumps have gone dry due to the receding water table. Since so many students from other colleges are appearing for their examination at our centre, we have assigned the task of fetching water to three Grade IV employees,” said LBSM College principal Sufari Hembrom.
Hembrom added that he had informed sub-divisional officer of Dhalbhum Sunil Kumar Sinha of the problem. Sinha, in turn, asked the students to carry their own water bottles.
“But even if the students bring water, they do not drink it as it becomes warm by the time they complete answering their papers,” the principal added.
Therefore, most of the students either have to remain thirsty or wait for water buckets to be put outside their classrooms. Hygiene has also taken a back seat in the face of the crisis.
JKS College, where 2,000 intermediate examinees are appearing for intermediate examination everyday, is also facing a similar crisis. A middle school that functions from the college premises is suffering too.
The college has two 250ft borewells that have turned defunct this year. Principal A.K. Singh has already written to the Mango Notified Area Committee and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta. “We are trying to arrange for a deep borewell and a motor pump,” said Singh.