Navratra has kicked off on a woeful note for about 1 lakh residents of Hazaribagh town, who have been forced to go waterless for the past two days.
Five motors of Charwa Dam’s filtration plant have developed snags, causing household taps to run dry.
“The drinking water and sanitation department has stopped supply since Monday morning. It’s really difficult to cope as many of us are fasting during Navratra,” said Julie Devi, an employee of Central Coalfields Limited.
The plight of the residents prompted CPM district secretary Ganesh Kumar Verma to shoot a missive to National Human Rights Commission.
“A huge population is suffering because of negligence on the part of drinking water department. No water for two days tantamounts to violation of human rights. I have forwarded letters to the commission, North Chotanagpur commissioner Nitin Madan Kulkarni and also deputy commissioner Manish Ranjan,” Verma said.
Junior engineer of drinking water and sanitation department, Charwa, Vijendra Prasad Singh maintained that three of the motors were being repaired. “Our team is working on a war-footing to make things normal by this evening,” he said.