The East Singhbhum district administration has fallen back on corporate help to tide over water exigencies during Ramnavami celebrations.
The festival, which is celebrated by a large part of the population in Jamshedpur, will include processions taken out by 157 akharas on April 2. With maximum temperatures soaring, water was the main issue raised during a meeting between the administration and central peace committee at SNTI Auditorium on Tuesday.
Sub-divisional officer of Dhalbhum Subodh Kumar said earlier it was only Jusco, which was asked to provide water through tankers to various akharas. But this time, corporate houses have been asked to provide water tankers to areas in their vicinity.
“We have asked Jusco, Tarapore and Company, Tata Motor, Tata Power, Lafarge Cement, Steel Strip Wheels Limited and ISWP to provide water tankers in different areas,” said the SDO.
This apart, Tinplate and TRF companies have been asked to provide one tanker each to Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) during the festivities.
“Instruction has been given to all three local urban bodies, namely JNAC, Mango Notified Area Committee and Jugsalai municipality to constitute special cells to tackle the water crisis and also set up dedicated phone lines wherein anyone can call to get a water tanker,” added the SDO.
A meeting to be chaired by SDO will take place on March 24 to reassess the situation and meet the water supply gap.
Meanwhile, deputy commissioner Himani Pande admitted that efforts would be made to provide uninterrupted power supply but said akharas should ensure that electricity pilferage does not take place and pending power dues are cleared.
The deputy commissioner also asked akhara committees to submit a list of such areas where hanging electricity wires needed to be guarded.
SSP Akhilesh Jha said police have been asked to interact with akharas.