'If we don’t keep it locked, someone else will take it' — water is more important in this Indian village than gold and silver


  • The residents of Bhilwara are locking their water containers to cope up with the short demand and increasing theft of drinking water.
  • The people are getting their drinking water supplies through water tankers once in 10 days.
An acute shortage of water in the western parts of India have forced the residents of Bhilwara, Rajasthan to lock their water containers to cope with the short demand and increasing theft of drinking water, ANI reported.

The [these] people of Parasrampura village in Hurda Panchayat in Rajasthan depend on the drinking water supplied through water tankers only once in 10 days.

People have started fighting because of the water crisis and have already complained about incidences of water theft. The panchayat (the local self governance system) have urged the people to lock the water drums to avoid such incidents, according to Business Standard.

The Parasrampura village has been adopted by Hindustan Zinc — an integrated mining and resources producer of zinc, lead, silver and cadmium— which supplies water in the village.

India’s Met Department has issued a red alert and a yellow alert in many districts of the state for the next five days starting from Saturday in view of the intense heat waves gripping many parts of Rajasthan as the temperatures touches over 50 degree celsius in Churu.

We value water as much as we value gold and silver, said Laali Devi, one of the residents of the village while speaking to ANI on the water scarcity in their village. Another resident Gyarsi Devi told ANI if they don’t keep the water locked then someone else will take it and their children will have nothing to drink.

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