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Women protest tube well squatters

Members of Mahila Jagriti Manch agitate in front of the district collectorate on Monday. (Bhola Prasad)

Fifteen women of Kitadih, a crowded area near Tatanagar on Monday, demonstrated before the district collectorate in Sakchi to protest an imminent water crisis, citing a deep boring facility being readied for a tube well had been encroached upon by “influential youths”.

The women, under the banner of Mahila Jagriti Manch, shouted slogans against the administration for its “indifference” in preventing the encroachment near Kitadih’s main chowk.

The facility was being dug to install a tube well by the drinking water and sanitation department (Jamshedpur division) with Potka MLA Menka Sardar’s funds.

“One month ago, some youths who own shops encroached on the deep boring structure. We informed the local thana, deputy commissioner and senior superintendent of police. But no action was taken,” said state president of the Manch and Kitadih resident Alpana Bose.

Manch members claimed the installation of tube well would have prevented water crisis in the area having a population of nearly 30,000.

“Due to the encroachment, the installation of tubewell is being delayed. Homemakers are the worst sufferers,” Bose added.

The women claimed that most existing tube wells in the area had become defunct as water table had depleted down to nearly 300-feet.

“This tube well would have reduced water scarcity as it would have been dug to a deeper level. But, these youths are staying put. We have to fetch water for our households from far,” said Sarita Das, organisational secretary of the outfit.

Irate members submitted their memorandum to deputy development commissioner (DDC) East Singhbhum Lal Mohan Mahto.

Mahto said letters had been sent to Parsudih thana OC Dayanand Kumar and officials concerned to remove encroachment from the area.