Water, power supply still a dream to these villagers

Water, power supply still a dream to these villagers

A partial view of people waiting for their turn to fetch water from the small tank in Koranakudige, which is the only source of water for over 80 families here. DH photo

There are several pipelines and a tank too but this big tank, which was built about 2 years ago is of no use to the residents of Koranakudige village. The tank now has lush green grass growing around it as it has been left unused for long time. With the main tank going useless, the residents are dependent of a small tank for water supply. Over 80 families from the region are often seen waiting near the small tank waiting for their turn to come to fetch water from the tank.

With this kind of living condition struggle for drinking water has become an integral part of their life. Situated on the bank of the river Thunga, Koranakudige faces some serious problems, which has given this village status of being a backward, underdeveloped village and drinking water problem is one of such problems.

There are over 300 people living in the village, of whom most of the families are BPL families working as daily wage workers. The living condition of the families is so poor that there are over 40 households who do not have electricity connection. Oil and kerosene lamps are their source of light. Water is pumped to the small tank once a day and with this begins a rat race to the pump to fetch one or two buckets of water for the day’s use. The limited water pumped to the tank is not adequate enough for 80 families.

The demands of the villagers are not much. In fact, the only principal demand is adequate supply of water. Even this simple demand has been falling on deaf ears. No politicians, officials and leaders have paid heed to it so far.

While the Government has been striving for universal education, one may have to note that there are 20 children eligible to go to Anganwadis and there is not even one anganwadi in the village. The villagers have to send the children to Gandaghatta or Rajanagara Anganwadis, which are about 3 kms away. Since it is practically not possible to send the children so far, parents have opted to keep them at home. With difficult situation, the villagers have been making a living, with the hope their problems will be solved one day.