Water Pumps by government not deep enough
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Well the hot dry summer days are upon us. We often include up to date press reports which reflect current realities but you may rightfully ask, " What are you as an organization doing about it?" It is easy to say we are doing what we can.
But what does that actually mean on the ground?
The answer is we have installed directly from this appeal three deep water pumps, at a cost of 1500 dollars using a direct donation to meet the shortfall. One kind person actually donated $500 which provided a deep water pump within two weeks of the Trust receiving the funds, and transformed the lives of villagers. But thanks to all of you as any amount is helpful and greatly appreciated. If you would like to name a pump after a special person or family or organisation please let us know by e-mail , the address is on the GG pages and we will honour your pledge and send you photographs.
Our Health Team is dealing and treating villagers with heatstroke on a daily basis with temperatures reaching over 108F.
Please help us provide a much needed clean source of water in another village, your interest and your kind generosity are so much appreciated. We know times are hard economically, which makes your donation even more special.
This report is from CNN-IBN
New Delhi: In Bihar, it is only the capital city Patna which seems to have no crises as it gets over 90 per cent of the total power supply leaving rest of the state with power cuts, which sometimes extend to three to four consecutive days.
With only 10 per cent left for the rest of the state, a dozen districts including Muzzafarpur, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Sheikpura have seen violent protests and anger spilling on to the roads.
Meenakshi Mishra a protester said, "We have blocked the road to protest non availability of water and electricity and till we get them both we will continue to protest."
Of the total 800 MW supplied to Bihar, 375 is for essential services, of the remaining 425 MW, Patna gets 400 and rest of the state, gets only 25 MW.
The demand for electricity in rural Bihar is 1800 MW.
It is this skewed distribution of electricity that has made life of farmers like Umesh Singh a living hell. With no electricity in summers for three consecutive days, Singh says the irrigation canals have dried up and there is no power for the water pumps.
"We have been suffering from drought from last 2 years and It is very hot this year also, we haven't been able to get water for our crops. It could be drought-like situation. We are not able to get water from water pumps as there is no electricity." Singh said.
Even the government tube wells, which are supposed to be the emergency lifeline for irrigation, have gone dry due to non availability of power only adding to the farmers woes.
The power scene is grimmer since the state owned generations units at Kanti and Baruani are under up-gradation and contribute just 50 MW against their installed capacity of 1200 MW.
Hare Ram Pandey, Spokesperson, Bihar Electricity board said, "We have 2 no of 110 MW units, which are already more than 26 years old. It has outlived its life and considering its bad position, already R and M has been started."
The state leadership is blaming the Centre for creating a deliberate crisis and for the chief minister, who secured his second term by hard-selling roads and infrastructure, perhaps now, power or the lack of it will determine his political fate.
With Thanks for your support,