An overhead tank of capacity 11,000 litres was constructed in the village and each household was provided with a tap. The source of water is a handpump bore which now supplies water in the tank lifted through a pump. The village has been divided into three zones based on the location of households. Each zone has its own distribution network and the demarcation into zones helps in proper rationing of water in times of stress. To prevent excessive use of water, supply in the tap is for a stipulated amount of time, twice a day normally for 30-40 min.
“We get tap water in our houses, people in cities also do not have this facility,” beams a group of people in Didakhedi village.
Didakhedi is a small village located 13 km away from the district headquarter town of Sehore falling under the Chitodia Lakhia panchayat. The village is inhabited by 30 families mostly belonging to the OBC group of Mewadas. People depended on the 4 handpumps, which used to dry up in summer. Women and girls in the village had to walk 2-3 kms for fetching water from a open well.
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The gram sabha set up another committee called the Vigilance Committee, comprising the village elderly to oversee the construction of the tank and to prevent malpractices and wastage. A pump operator has been appointed who is a local villager whose responsibility is to operate the pump and bring to the notice of the VWSC any problems and incidences of damages
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