This 10-Yr-Old Boy Travels 14 Kilometers Daily Just To Get Two Cans Of Water

The Logical Indian Crew Maharashtra

June 28th, 2019 / 1:54 PM

Boy Travels Kilometers Daily Water

Image Credit: The Times Of India

At an age when even school bags feel burdensome, children of tender age trudge along miles and travel crowded trains to fetch water at the risk of their lives, reported The Times Of India.

It takes more than five hours to commute 14 kilometres to fill just two cans of water from the tap of a railway station. Several times these children have got hurt in the melee in trains at railway stations.

It is not a scenario from the deserts of Rajasthan; it is the drought-hit Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Those who are suffering the most are poor residents who cannot afford water charges levied by the civic body.

Children hailing from Nirmala Devi Nagar walk to the nearby Mukundwadi railway station to board the Aurangabad-Hyderabad Passenger to fetch water to quench the thirst of their water-starved families.

Not only nature, but the system also test their patience. At times the train gets delayed by two to three hours but the children do not give up. They wait for the train under the shade of a tree.

The struggle doesn’t end for the children in the train, rather it gets more intense as they jostle for a space to find a seat for themselves. More of the times, they sit on the floor of the coach clutching the water cans with the hands.

On the return journey, a different kind of ordeal begins for them as they have to ensure that the water for which they risk their lives does not spill over.

Others who live in the locality having no tap water facility also have to fight for the water. The locality is a low income group colony with majority of them surviving on daily wages.

They cannot afford to buy water. Two hundred litre  of water costs Rs 60, and the municipal tankers which visit the area just once in every four days is also unaffordable as its monthly bill amounts to Rs 1,150.

Sadly, the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) mayor Nandkumar Ghodele said that he could not help these families as the water is available only on payment of charges.

“I feel very sorry for these people, but we can’t help. Our priority is to provide drinking water to those who pay water charges. We wish we could help everyone, but we are facing a severe water crisis,” Ghodele said.

The corporation had given a contract in 2011 to a private company to lay pipelines from Jayakwadi dam to Nakshatrawadi reservoir, Aurangabad’s primary water source, and build an internal water supply network. But the contract was terminated in 2016 after differences emerged between the company and the civic body.

Marathwada is a chronically drought-prone region in the state. As of now, over 7,000 villages are affected.

Also Read: Man Made Disaster: Water Distress In Marathwada Led To Imposition Of Section 144 To Avoid Water Riots


Written by : Supriya Kumari (Intern)

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

Related Stories

Man Travels Donate Blood

Odisha Man Travels Over 500 Km To Donate His Rare Blood Type, Saves Woman’s Life

Kerala: Police Commissioner Merin Joseph Travels To Saudi Arabia & Brings Back Child Rape Accused

Kerala Tamil Nadu Water Supply

Tamil Nadu Govt Accepts Kerala’s Offer, To Get 20 Lakh Litres Of Water Daily

Patrick Water Wildlife

To Quench The Thirst Of Scores Of Wild Animals, This Kenyan Man Travels 70 Km Every Day

Bengaluru Manual Scavenger Death

Yet Another Death: 25-Yr-Old Daily Worker Dies Inside Sewage Pit At Bengaluru School

Once Again, Rats Blamed For Emptying 200 Confiscated Beer Cans In Bihar

Latest on The Logical Indian

Fact Check

Fact Check: Amit Shah Gets Few Facts Wrong During Citizen Amendment Bill Rebuttal


Over 900 Scientists, Academicians Write To PM Modi Demanding Withdrawal Of Citizenship Amendment Bill


“Why Death Penalty When Delhi Air, Water Already Killing Us?” Nirbhaya Convict’s Bizarre Review Petition


Kerala: World’s First Marine Cemetery In Memory Of 9 Critically Endangered Species In Kozhikode


Jharkhand HC Grants Bail To Six Accused In Tabrez Ansari Mob Lynching Case


Citizenship Bill: Former IAS Officer Calls For Civil Disobedience Against Centre


Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.