Following water scarcity in Abohar and its surrounding villages, inhabitants are left with no option but to fetch water either from Rajasthan or pay for the same to fulfil their daily needs.Khuhian Servor, a rural town under Abohar sub division of Fazilka district, is the worst affected as water supply to the canals has been stopped for the past two weeks following which, water in the diggies (tanks) of the vicinity has almost dried up, leaving locals anxious.
"To meet their requirements of water for daily needs, they are bound to pay `500 per tanker to the supplier or spend on fetching water from Rajasthan, commonly known as the desert state with a water scarcity problem," said Ramesh Kumar of Tottwala village.
"The residents are being looted due to the water scarcity like situation but no one from the administration or government has come to their rescue so far," complained Sunil Kumar of Kalerkhera village under Abohar.
The area under Abohar has water diggies filled with polluted water which is unfit for supply as a result of which, residents are facing a hard time.
The situation is ironic as Abohar and its surrounding villages received unexpected heavy rain last fortnight following which six people lost their lives besides heavy loss to thousands of houses, crops and animals.
Rajpal Singh, SDM Abohar, said that due to the unexpected rain, their top priority remained clearing the waterlogging from Abohar and its villages to save human and cattle loss.He said canals in the region were still carrying polluted water unfit for consumption because of which the authorities had ceased water supply to villagers to avoid spread of water-borne disease and other health hazards.The SDM assured that within the next few days, the water problem would be resolved.