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Residents of Chatro village of Giridih blame it on pollution in the area that stops the families to marry and settle down

Ranjit Rai (30) has been earning his living for the past 10 years. Now, he wants to settle down and have a family of his own. The only hurdle in his way of tying the nuptial knot is that his family can not find a bride for him.


Similar is the case with Sandeep Rai (27) and Jitendra Rai (25), who have been waiting for the wedding bells to ring but alas!


All are residents of Chatro village of Giridih and they blame it on pollution in the area that stops the families to marry off their daughters to people living here. "Koi ladki dena hi nahi chahta hai. Ladko ke pass naukri hai per shaadi nahi ho rahi hai (No one wants to marry their daughter here. The boys have jobs but are not getting married)," said Ram Ratan Rai, a senior villager.


Chatro has 13 sponge iron units. The soot from these factories pollutes the ponds and wells apart from endangering the plants and trees. Similar is the case in adjacent Gangapur and Mahuatand villages also.


"Whatever we inhale, eat or drink are polluted. In the past two years, majority of the children has been born with physical disabilities. In Chatro, Gangapur and Mahuatand the total number of such children is 11," said Ram Ratan.


Telegraph  2009 May 14
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Khandoli Dam is facing water crisis in Giridih district

First, the unbearable heat and now, an acute drinking water crisis looms large on the Giridih district with two of its water supply centres drying up, thanks to the sharp rise in temperature and the absence of rainfall.


Water level at Khandoli Dam and Chaitadih mines pit — two major drinking water supply centres in the district— have drastically come down this summer, causing the alarm bells to ring.


District administration officials said that if such a situation prevailed for long, an acute crisis of drinking water would make life miserable for the residents.


There has been a steady rise in temperature since April 16. The mercury has touched 40°C and more. Today, the maximum temperature recorded was 42° C.


"Water is evaporating fast from the Khandoli Dam because of the abnormal rise in temperature. So far, the water level has gone down by five feet. There is a football installed at every stage in the dam to mark the water level. Now, the water has touched the third football. We had to open the third gate of the dam to supply water to the people of Giridih," public health engineering department executive engineer Rajendra Prasad told The Telegraph.


"Such a situation has occurred after a decade. Never before had the water level come down so much. If it does not rain and things continue like this, we will not be able to lift water from the dam as we don't have the required equipment," he said.


Established in 1955, the Khandoli Dam provides drinking water to the township area, comprising more than a lakh population.


Not only the town people, those living in the rural areas will also get affected. This is because the water level in Chaitadih mines pit — a deep well — has also gone down by 25ft. The Chaitadih mines pit caters water to around 30,000 people of Bhandaridih, Chaitadih, Baxidih and other adjoining areas.


Telegraph / 2009 April 27
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