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Chameli, Jamni, Lodsi, Loyal, Nai, Bamund, Gaal, Mundala etc. in Tehri district of Uttarakhand are the villages that have been included in the 'Har Ghar Nal' scheme of the state government to provide drinking water connections to 15,647 villages. The families living in these villages are among the 1,84,124 families who have been given drinking water connections till March 31 this year, as per the target announced by the state government. To know the reality of this scheme, 'Down to Earth' visited about a dozen villages of Dogi Patti in Tehri district, which are included in the most inaccessible areas of the state. In most of these villages, the work of Har Ghar Nal Yojana has been completed. As per the plan, water is to be provided to every house for 16 hours. But, the reality is that in these villages of Dogi belt, water is hardly available for 30 minutes to an hour on the third or fourth day. This water is not fit for drinking. People are using it for washing clothes or for livestock. People have to go 2 to 8 km away from their village for drinking water. Despite being bordered by a major highway connecting a large part of the state to the rest of the world, Dogi Patti has been one of the most backward and neglected areas of the state before and after independence. The drinking water crisis is not new to the region. Every year for two months of summer, people of dozens of villages in this belt have to face water shortage. But, now this crisis has increased. Due to the excavation done for two big projects Chardham road project and Karnprayag rail line under construction just below the area, water in the water bodies got reduced. As a result, people started facing water scarcity even during the winter season. The new circumstances led to the speedy completion of an already approved pumping scheme from near Gular in the Ganges River. With the help of this scheme, the villages of Dogi Patti were also included in the 'Har Ghar Nal' scheme announced by the state government on 6 July 2020. In this scheme, in the first year i.e. in the year 2020-21, in the 1, 84,124 houses in which water connections were to be given, all the families of the villages of Dogi Patti were included. In most of the villages, the planning work was completed and water taps were installed outside every house. But, the matter did not go further than this. Under the scheme, along with installing taps in every house, 16 hours water supply is also to be provided, which is not possible here. According to local resident Ramesh Chauhan, the Har Ghar Nal Yojana was connected to the pumping line due to the drying up of water sources in this area or due to less water in them. Water is supplied from the pumping line once or twice a week. Which hardly reaches homes for half an hour. The biggest reason for not getting the full benefit of this scheme is the lack of power supply. Electricity supply remains erratic in the hilly areas of Uttarakhand. This is also having an effect on this pumping scheme. Villagers say that every house did not get water from the tap scheme, on the contrary, the contractor did not even pay their wages after getting the work done. Mor Singh Pundir of Kakarsain told that he had done work of about 5 lakhs for the contractor, but the contractor did not give one and a half lakh rupees. In such a situation they have not been able to give wages to many people. When he complained to the Jal Nigam officials, he asked to talk to the contractor. But now the contractor is not picking up his phone. Another major problem with the pumping scheme is that the river water becomes muddy during the rainy season. This water is transported to the villages in this form, due to which the water is not used for drinking during the entire rainy season. People use this water in small amounts for washing clothes or for animal work. In Chameli village, Shyam Singh shows the water of the pumping scheme filled in the bucket the day before. About an inch of soil and sand is frozen in the bucket. Still the water is muddy. They say, the government has accepted that we have got water, but what will we do with this water? Even for feeding the animals, one day they keep them filled in utensils, on the second day they are filtered with cloth and fed. Prem Bahukhandi, who is working on the water bodies of the mountains, believes that apart from Dogi, similar pumping schemes have been made or are being made in some other places in the state. But, their first major problem is the power supply. If a pumping set is to be installed, then instead of relying only on electricity, a big generator should also be installed there. Apart from this, there is no system of repairing the machine in case of failure. Items needed for repair are also not available. In such a situation, once the pump fails, it takes several weeks to recover. In such a situation, there is no point in such schemes unless all necessary preparations are made in advance to make arrangements for water supply without interruption.