Water crisis turns key concern
published on March 19, 2016
Guwahati: With election enthusiasm rising to fever pitch, the drinking water crisis in Assam has turned into a key poll issue.
According to the 2011 census, drinking water is available in only 55% households and only 27% houses have a source of water nearby. As per Census 2011, the availability of drinking water in households in Assam within the premises is 55%, near the household premises is 27%, and away from the household premises is 19%. Census 2011 defines the concept of ‘within the premises’ as the area of the household, and ‘near the premises’ in an urban scenario as 100m from the premises and 500m from the premises in a rural scenario. ‘Away’, in the urban scenario, is defined as beyond 100m from the household premises and in a rural area as beyond 500m.