IFP Editorial: Manipur has been receiving an annual rainfall of 1,467.5 mm, which is higher than the national average. The problem of water scarcity, however, persists due to lack of facilities for harvesting rainwater and destruction of catchment areas.
Due to gradual felling of trees for various purposes, the Lamdeng forest was completely cleared and people faced hardship due to the impact of deforestation.
Singda Dam, which is the main source of potable water supply in Imphal urban areas is failing to meet its objectives as the water demand of the growing valley population is ever-increasing.
Manipur receives good rainfall and several places in the valley area are considered flood prone and hill areas suffer the problem of flash floods and heavy landslides every monsoon season.
Drying up of natural water sources has led to shutting down of several water supply plants in Manipur which has numerous water bodies.
People, including children, stood in long queues every morning and evening to get a bucket or pot of water from the sources available.
On normal days, a private water tanker with the capacity of 2,500 litres reportedly charge Rs 450 per trip. However, the charge has increased to Rs 900 per trip recently.
Negligence and untimely utilisation of the Imphal Barrage is the main reason for drying up of the Imphal river, alleged MPCC spokesperson O Joy while speaking to the media on World Water Day.
The objective of the programme was to raise awareness on the global water crisis
During the observation of the World Water day, Rajen said that there will be no life without water.
The Manipur chief minister said to meet the challenges posed by water scarcity, the state government has projected to bore irrigation tube wells under PMKSY.
The digging work of a rainwater and ground water harvesting pond began at Heirok part- III Inamung Kangthak area on Saturday.
Suffering water scarcity and reduced crop cultivation, farmers cite construction of dam, deforestation at catchment areas, and quarrying among others as the main cause for the drying up of the river.