Himalayan News Service
DADELDHURA: Baghkhor, the district headquarters of Dadeldhura, has been reeling under acute water crisis for quite some time.
Water level in the only water resource, Matarakhola, is receding fast as the region has not seen rains for long. Hotels based in the headquarters have been affected badly due to the water shortage.
With the mercury rising, people in huge numbers are thronging the district headquarters, but hoteliers here have failed to find a solution to water woes, said hotelier Dan Bahadur Bhandari.
Padam Nidal, proprietor, Maheswori Hotel, said he had to shut the hotel for lack of water. No different is the plight of private and government organisations. Ashutosh Khadka, branch manager, Bank of Kathmandu, Dadeldhura, said he has not got water in his tap for over a month. “We all go to a nearby stream to bathe,” he said.
Secretary of Khalanga Drinking Water Consumers’ Union, Yagyaraj Joshi, blamed unplanned urbanisation for the prevailing water crisis.
Vice Chairman of Drinking Water Consumers’ Committee, Prakash Jairul, cautioned that the district might face water crisis for long as Matarkhola, the only source of water, is drying up rapidly. “We have to adopt concrete measures at the earliest to save Matarkhola,” he said.