Dima Hasao’s cleanest village facing water scarcity; Assam govt’s water supply scheme yet to cover Zion Village

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HT Correspondent

HAFLONG, Sept 22: Enchanted with natural beauty, Zion village, which has been adjudged as the cleanest village in Dima Hasao district under the Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin programme, is now facing severe water crisis.

The village is located around 5 km off Haflong  under Dollong MAC constituency. Inhabited by ‘Hrangkhol’ community, the village comprises of around 110 houses with more than 500 population.

At the state-level, Zion was ranked second cleanest village under the programme in 2017.

The ranking was announced during the 68th Republic Day celebrations at NL Daulagapu sports complex back in 2017. A cash prize of Rs 1 lakh was also hand over to chief of Zion village for maintaining cleanliness and Rs 2.5 lakh by the PHE department.

The village committee placed bamboo dustbin in every corner to avoid throwing of litters in open and every week the village committee organizes a drive to clean their villages where youth, children and adults from each house take part.

To create an awareness on cleanliness from tender age, a special awareness session on cleanliness is held every Sunday among children.

Set up in 1993, the village is now facing severe water crisis. There is no government water supply plant in the village. They have ring well but dry up during winter.

“We solely depend on rain water during monsoon. There is a water spring in bottom of our village. During winter we have to queue up in a line for water at around 3 am to fetch water as the population in our village is increasing day by day,” the village chief Vanlian Hrangkhol told this correspondent.

“Roads inside the village are also in deplorable condition but somehow we manage to repair it by collecting fund among villagers and using money which our village was awarded.” he added.

The village committee also placed dumping tanks in certain places with special design to burn the dry waste material that allow airflow for better combustion.

Speaking to this correspondent village chief Vanlian Hrangkhol said they always tried to keep the village clean as they believe that cleanliness is next to godliness.

“We are very happy that our village has been recognised as the cleanest village. Our village was establish back in the year 1983 with around 15 houses and was soon recognised by the government. The government had also implemented various developmental schemes like free toilets, electricity, gas, Awas Yojana to mention few.” said Hrangkhol.

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