Gujarat: Untadi village reeling under water scarcity, villagers forced to consume same water as animals

Surendranagar (Gujarat) [India], Apr 17 (ANI): Poor connectivity, infrastructure, and power shortage are the various issues that have been plaguing Untadi village of Surendranagar district. From the past
few months, an issue of water crisis has compounded the woes of the villagers. In this village, locals, to quench their thirst, are forced to consume water from a pond that is also the source of water animals in the region and thereby, prone to contamination.
Speaking to ANI, Madanbhai Sambhbhai Kathodia, Sarpanch, Untadi Village
said, “There is a pipeline in the village which is connected to Narmada river but still water does not reach us. We have submitted the application to the collector but till now no help has been provided.
“It has been 2 to 3 months that the water from the tank has not reached us. We are forced to drink dirty water from the pond. My son has fallen ill after consuming the contaminated water. He is undergoing treatment,” said Geeta, another resident of Untadi village.
Apart from households, even schools situated in the region lack clean drinking water and handwashing facilities, putting scores of children at risk of disease.
“There is no water in the village and which is why we do not have access to clean drinking water facility in the school. We are now carrying water bottles,” said Jatin, a student of class 7.
Voting for all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will take place in a single phase on April 23 and the counting of votes will take place on May 23. (ANI)

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