The Assam Kaziranga University

The decades-old drinking water crisis at Guwahati is still prevailing. In a distressing incident on Wednesday morning, a woman can be seen gathering drinking water from a roadside seepage in Beltola Tiniali, Guwahati, Assam.

The video of the same is surfacing on Twitter. In response to the situation, one user wrote, “As like previous ruling, this government is also yet to show its credibility towards resolving the matter of drinking water crisis in Guwahati. This time guwahatians are facing water crisis worst than ever.”

Another user wrote, “Instead of super long flyovers, please provide the basic necessities to the people first. If the basics are not right, the development model will collapse.”

Woman collects water from roadside seepage in Guwahati

According to reports, only about 30% of the city’s almost 3 lakh households have access to household tap water. The rest must rely on private water providers or tubewells. To address the situation, the state government began work on four water supply projects in the city a decade ago, but they are still unfinished.

The construction of the South West Guwahati (funded by Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission project was started in 2009, South Central Guwahati (funded by JICA) in 2011, the North Guwahati project (funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency) in 2011 and the South East Guwahati project (funded Asian Development Bank) in 2016.

The Assam Kaziranga University