Water supply brings smiles in the face of Chainpur locals
By Laxman Kafle
Dhading, June 12: Locals of Chainpur in Dhading district have overcome the problem of drinking water, thanks to the materialisation of Chainpur, Dharapani, Dadathok and Kotthok Water Supply and Sanitation project.
Around 900 people of 161 households in Chainpur, Dharapani, Dadathok and Koothok are benefitting from the water supply project.
The water supply project based on lift system was constructed in the assistance of World Bank through the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Fund Development Board Nepal in Jwalamukhi Rural Municipality Ward No.7 of the district.
The project was constructed at the cost around of Rs. 13.2 million, and locals had provided financial and labour supports.
Minister for Water Supply Bina Magar inaugurated the water supply project amidst a function on Monday although the project had completed about two years back.
Minister Magar said that participation of the women in the economic development would increase if they utilised their time, which they used to spend for fetching water walking for several hours.
“I feel happy to hear that the women of this area are utilising their time for garden farming after the project was materialised,” she said.
She said that the government had committed to providing clean and safe water to all people across the country.
World Bank Country Manager Faris Hadad-Zervos said that access to clean and safe drinking water was a fundamental right of the people.
He expressed his hope that the project not only would ensure safe drinking water but also encourage them to utilise the saved time.
Madan Magar, 35, has started commercial vegetable farming after supply of water from the project began. Magar is a Malaysia returnee.
He said, “Almost all locals are now producing vegetables for daily consumption after regular supply of water to their houses was ensured.
He said he had planted vegetables, including tomatoes, bitter gourd, chilli, capsicum and others. “I sell these vegetables in the local market and Dhadingbensi,” he said.
According to him, he has to pay around Rs. 800 per months for using two taps of the project. The tariff is determined based on the use of water.
Other five or six youth of the village have also engaged in the commercial vegetable farming after the project completed.
Tilak Thapa said that the locals were happy after they were supplied water regularly.
He said that around 600 litres of water would be available in a tap once in two days.
Lila Chhatkuli, 60, said that the locals did not have to wake up early in the morning after water started trickling down from the taps erected in their yard.
“Earlier, we had to walk for over an hour to fetch a pitcher of water,” she said.
A few people who had migrated from this village in lack of water have returned again, she added.
She said she had been rearing goats after the regular supply of water to her village began. According to her, she earned around Rs. 60,000 a year by selling goats.
The income of locals is increasing and women are able to utilise their time for growing vegetables, she added.
On the occasion, leaders and locals demanded additional support to install solar plants in their village as using electricity to lift water was costly.
The water is supplied by storing it in four places before it reaches the consumers. As a result, it consumes more power.