Arunachal Activist Walks 225 Km Demanding Clean Water For HIs Town

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Itanagar: Sol Dodum, a young activist from Arunachal Pradesh completed a 225 km journey on foot to Itanagar on Monday against the state government's alleged failure to provide clean drinking water to each household in his town.

He alleged that corrupt practices by officials of the public health engineering (PHE) department delayed work on water supply projects at his hometown Seppa, the district headquarters of East Kameng district.

Dodum decided to get on the foot march and make his voice heard after his complaints to the PHE department and the district deputy commissioner went unheard. On April 15, Sol Dodum set out from Seppa and arrived in Itanagar on Monday evening.

Later, he sat on a demonstration in Itanagar, demanding that the state government finish work on the drinking water projects so that each household had safe drinking water.

"All I want from the government is to end the people's ordeal in managing clean drinking water. At a time, the government is talking about providing piped drinking water to every household, many in Seppa are struggling for water," Mr Dodum stated.

He said, "As my pleas fell on deaf ears of the public health engineering department, I decided to take this democratic and peaceful means to invite government's attention to the corrupt practices delaying work in drinking water projects in Seppa."

The protest comes as the Centre promotes its flagship initiative, the Jal Jeevan Mission, which aims to supply piped drinking water to every household by the time the country holds its Lok Sabha elections in 2024. However, the BJP government in Arunachal Pradesh has set a goal of implementing the central scheme by 2023.

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