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Dang, May 25, 2017: The Gadhawa Rural Municipality-8 of Dang that lies close to the Nepal-India border is facing a critical shortage of drinking water, thus, forcing the locals to cross the border to fetch water.

Water resources at Gadhawa are running dry, pushing the entire village to an acute water crisis.

Sustained and rampant extraction of river products and lack of conservation of water resources put the Gadhawa locals in this situation who reach the Indian Seema Suraksha Bal (Border Security Force) camps to fetch water, said a local Rasib Siddiqi.

The Gadhawa Rural Municipality which was known by Koilabas before the fresh demarcation of local levels, was a trade gateway to the entire Rapti Zone but remained backward in terms of development.

The village is home to around 2,000 population. Though the Dang District Committee some 10 years ago had endorsed the construction of a drinking water project in the village, it is yet to be implemented.

The locals have no way except to visiting Indian territory for water from mid-February to mid-July.

Photo (Representative) Source: Ashish Koirala/Flickr

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