UDALGURI: The scarcity of potable drinking water in various parts of Udalguri has raised many eyebrows particularly in the Udalguri LAC which is represented by State Public Health Engineering, Co-operation Minister,Rihon Daimari. The Sopongaon villagers in Udalguri has been facing acute shortage of potable drinking water particularly after the Dhansiri Valley-3 water supply project under Tangla PHE division has been lying defunct for more than a week last. The helpless villagers plea for restoring the project went to the deaf ears of the PHE officials owing to which people fetched water from local water bodies like river,pond. It was finally the clarion call of the village headman to the 61 Bn Sasathra Seema Bal(SSB) for coming to the rescue of the villagers. The troops of the SSB carried water tankers door to door to provide much needed succour to the delightment of villagers on Sunday. The people of the village fetched water in buckets and water pots and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the SSB for their humanatarian service. The inefficiency of the Tangla PHE officials to restore the water supply project has been largely resented by the villagers. The locals have exhorted the concerned minister and their MLA,Rihon Daimari to restore the project at the earliest.