Berhampur: Water scarcity has forced locals of Ward No-3 of Chatrapur NAC in Ganjam district of Odisha to use a lottery system in order to decide who will fetch drinking water.
According to reports, water is being supplied to the people of Ward No-3 but only for 10 to 15 minutes. As the women of the area kept on fighting with each other while collecting the drinking water, the locals decided to select who would collect water by using a lottery system. Only those who win in the lottery system are only permitted to collect the drinking water while others return home disappointingly.
A total of 30 families are living in the area and they draw lots for ten families each day. The winners of the lottery system collect water as per their number while others have to wait for their turn till the next day.
At a time, some women who do not get the number in the lottery system walk around two km to collect water. However, the locals of the area also usually ban them from collecting water.
The residents of the area have been repeatedly drawing the attention of the local administration and all the concerned officials to their problem but in vain. Recently, a water project was launched in the area; however, it was stopped someday later.
Meanwhile, the locals threatened to gherao the Chatrapur NAC office if their problem is not solved at the possible earliest day.