The picturesque Pinderbera guest house atop Dalma hills. Picture by Bhola Prasad
The dry run at Pinderbera guest house in terms of both water and tourist flow has ended.
The scenic address atop Dalma hills located about 35km from Jamshedpur, which had remained shut for over two months now because of an acute water crisis, has begun welcoming guests again with the showers offering relief.
With the water table in the 500-feet boring going up after rain lashed the hills for the past week or so, the water pump at the guest house is whirring again, filling up the overhead tanks and prompting the authorities to woo back visitors.
The Mango range office, which runs the guest house, had stopped booking from April-end.
“Water crisis is a thing of the past now. We started the booking process four days ago. A number of visitors are coming to book rooms here,” confirmed Dalma range officer Mangal Kashyap to The Telegraph.
A group of youths from Ranchi was the first to proceed to the guest house after booking re-started. Enquiries from Kharagpur, Purulia and Calcutta are pouring in.
People from Jamshedpur and elsewhere in Jharkhand are also calling the Mango range office to know about the status of water problem in Pinderbera.
According to Kashyap, the water level in the boring would go up further in the coming days.
“We face water shortage at Pinderbera every summer, but this year, the crisis was acute as the water table had depleted like never before,” he added.
Though located atop the hills, power has never been a problem here. Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd (formerly JSEB) supplies electricity to the facility for 10 to 12 hours per day.
The Dalma hills getaway is very popular among tourists from Jharkhand, Bengal and Odisha, who love to come back again and again. Last year’s tourist count was 25,000.
“Now is the best time to visit Dalma. Elephants are back from their annual sojourn to Bengal. The jumbos and calves are scattered across the sprawling 192 sqkm sanctuary. They can be spotted at the watering holes in the afternoon,” a forester said.