Villagers are struggling to get a bucket of water even during the current winter season. If sometimes motor pump is getting defunct, electric wire being stolen and transformer developing technical snag at some other times.
Balichuans (water that oozes out from wet sand) of the Udanti River are the only hope for the hundreds of villagers of Mahaling now.
According to information, a motor pump installed to lift water from the river and supply the same to the villagers has remained inoperative for long. The village also witnesses power cuts often because of a weak transformer.
A deep well dug in the river for supplying water to people has remained uncovered, posing threat to life for children, said Sutula Ketaki, a villager who was collecting water from a Balichuan.
Though the village has a few tube-wells, water drawn from them is not worth drinking.
With no option left, villagers walk about two kilometres to collect waters from Balichuan of the Udanti River for drinking and cooking purposes.
Sitakant Tandi, another villager, said they get supply water hardly for eight days and struggle to collect water from Balichuans for the rest days of a month.
“The problem has been persisting for months. We are not getting water in winter days now. One can imagine the problem we will face in the coming summer,” said Tandi.