Royal Global University, Guwahati
As a resident of Kohima for the past 15 years, there has always been issues regarding water scarcity. Kohima the capital of Nagaland with the population of 372,504 (estimates as per aadhar uidai.gov.in Dec 2023 data) face acute water shortage every dry season of the year. The irregular supply of water from authorities also add to the hardships that the locals have to face on a daily basis.
Majority of the locals face issues due to improper means of fixed pipes which the government has failed to provide. Most residents have to buy water for their daily consumption. Though the water business is flourishing with high demands, we need to look at the other side where most families cannot afford to buy on a daily basis. They have to spend sleepless nights waiting for water supply and most times have to travel far distances to fetch drinking water.
The issue of water scarcity has been apparent from the very beginning. Though the government have issued various developmental projects to prioritise water supply, there seems to be a failure from their side.
Water is an essential part of human life. Also, Kohima being surrounded by hills and mountains have abundant supply of water. But it is accessible only if the authorities provide proper provisions. Water supply should be given top priority.
It is understandable that this problem is not easy and cannot be fixed in a short time. But with proper planning from the authorities, it is high time that this problem should be solved at the earliest.