Poisoning in West Bengal : Murshidabad
FOLLOW-UP STUDY OF
ARSENIC TREATMENT PLANTS IN MURSHIDABAD
During our recent
field survey in Murshidabad (16-18 March 2003), we further noticed
that many treatment plants (more
are not functioning. A few typical examples with photographs and villager’s
opinion are given below:
(1) In village Harurpara [Gram Panchayet: Ghoramara, Block: Domkal,
District: Murshidabad] there are three treatment plants and villagers
are not using any of them. Details are given below:
Name of the Treatment plant = Pal Trockner.
Arsenic concentration in raw water: 448 microgram per litre
Arsenic concentration in filtered water: 368 microgram per litre
Anis Molla (Photograph-1), a local resident states that the water coming
out from the plant is yellow-red. Servicing is being done once in 2-3
months. They are not using water from the treatment plant.
2nd treatment plant (Name of the Treatment plant = Pal Trockner) in village
Harurpara, Gram Panchayet: Ghoramara, Block: Domkal, District: Murshidabad,
We are not using the plant as water turns red”, said Rangila Bibi.
She further said, “The handle of the tubewell is very hard and
the handle often springs up and injures people”. Many injured their
3rd treatment plant (Name of the Treatment plant = Pal Trockner) in Village:
Harurpara Hospital More, GP: Ghoramara, Block: Domkal, Dist: Murshidabad.
Villagers are not using the treated water (Photograph-3).
Safat Biswas, a villager says that the water is clear when collected
but with times the redness of water increases. For this reason villagers
are not using water from this plant.
In this area, there are many treatment plants installed. Instead of
using these treatment plants villagers are still using water from the
tubewell of the nearby Mosque.
(2) Village: Kushaberia, GP: Juranpur,
Block: Domkal, Dist: Murshidabad. The plant (Name of the Treatment
plant = Pal Trockner) came 3 months
before and still lying on the street (Photograph-4).
The Gram Panchayet Prodhan Mr. Kuddus said, “In all surrounding
villages treatment plants are not working so we are not interested to
install the plant.”
(3) Village:Chakchaitan, GP: Sagarpara, Block: Jalangi, Dist: Murshidabad.
Pratima Mandal and Bishakha Debnath (Photograph-5) say that water coming
out from the plant (Pal Trockner) is reddish. Villagers are not using
the treated water. Servicing is being done once within 2-3 months.
Villagers are not happy with this plant.
(4) Village: Madhupur, GP: Juginda,
Block: Domkal, Dist: Murshidabad (Photograph-6). When we went to that
village we found someone is drying
clothes on the treatment plant (Pal Trockner).
Nur Box says that after installing the plant villagers were using
the water from this plant. Only they could use it for few
days. The plant
is out of order for last 6 months.
This is the picture of more than
70% installed arsenic treatment plants in arsenic affected districts
of West Bengal. We believe :
predominant India and Bangladesh even a highly successful technology may
not succeed in rural areas unless there is a honest will of the politicians,
it fits the rural circumstances and is well accepted by the rural mass.
Development of such technology is only possible when a combination is
made between bureaucrats, technocrats and villagers with proper village