Sand mafia triggers drinking water crisis
Annual drying up of ponds in Uttar Pradesh’s part of the Bundelkhand is an annual feature; a faint hope lies in the river Ken whose much narrowed flow brings small succour. Not this year, as the Ken’s riverbed has been disemboweled, its sand scooped out by the unscrupulous. Result: hundreds of people have no source of water and their anger has spilled out on roads.
The state administration woke up only after former state Chief Minister AkhileshYadav raised the issue on Twitter and Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra retweeted it.
People say the sand mafia has has destroyed the flow of water and ended the river stream.
“Plagued with the illegal sand mining, Banda is struggling for every drop of water and state’s BJP government has been sitting with its eyes shut,” Akhilesh Yadav has said.