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Several people fall ill after drinking contaminated water

SILCHAR, Mar 2: Reports of intestine diseases and diarrhea have been reported from different parts of the Cachar district. In the Dilkhush tea estate area of Lakhipur subdivision, many people fell sick being affected by diarrhea and a medical team of the health department immediately went around finding out the causes. Though it was alleged that the potable water supplied by PHE was responsible for the outbreak of the disease, the department refuted it. PHE officials when contacted said the spread of diarrhea was due to the consumption of polluted river water.

In the meantime, Grahak Suraksha Samiti (GSS), Cachar, after visiting the Chandpur part I, found a disturbing phenomenon. In many houses, the inmates have fallen sick due to the intake of drinking water supplied by PHE department. It has been alleged that the sickness is due to the pumping in from the stagnant river water of Harang. The river has become highly polluted due to the dumping of dead cows, buffalo and hens which have been lying for days. Besides, GSS has been informed by the people of the area that various sorts of wastes and refuses are being disposed of in the river.

The most contaminated water after being taken out from the river is supplied to the people of Chandpur through PHE plants. The PHE authorities remain indifferent to public complaints and refuse to take any remedial action. Fariz Uddin Laskar, junior engineer of PHE department, is alleged to remain silent on this serious issue. This problem came up for discussion at a meeting of the GSS in the ME Madrasa ground nearby. Speakers at the meeting who included Hazi Kadar Ali Barbhuiya, Didar Hussain Choudhury, Zakir Hussain Mazumder, Mour Uddin Choudhury and Nasir Uddin Mazumder in identical manner attributed the illness of the people to the drinking water of PHE.

What serious is that the housewives are using the polluted water for all domestic purposes. Hazi Kadar Ali Barbhuiya who presided over the meeting held on last Sunday said it would spell disaster for the villages of the Chandpur part I. Biplob Kumar Goswami, general secretary of GSS, demanded immediate measures to purify the PHE water and action against those workers and engineer concerned involved in the issue. He cautioned if any serious incident centering round the intake of PHE water happens, the department concerned would be held entirely responsible. The unanimous voice raised was for immediate closure of the PHE plant and alternative way to replace it. (Source: SentinelAssam)

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