Deputy commissioner Himani Pande at the meeting in Jamshedpur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, March 24: Tankers atop mini-trucks, three-wheelers and trucks, will be city’s messiahs to combat water crisis this year.
With the mercury soaring daily, Jamshedpur MP Ajoy Kumar today chaired a district committee meeting at the collectorate during which he asked East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande to ensure that tenders were floated for procuring tankers.
The meeting, which was attended by three of the six MLAs from East Singhbhum Assembly segments, also saw Kumar asking the officials to dig deep bore wells and encourage rainwater harvesting in the rural areas to combat water crisis.
The MP said that the tankers and trolleys would be purchased from his local area development fund and directed the local urban bodies to start the tendering process.
According to an estimate prepared by the Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee (JNAC) special officer R.N. Dwivedi, the areas under his jurisdiction would require the services of one 12,000-litre tanker and two tankers of 3,000-litre capacity each to meet its drinking water requirements.
This apart, Dwivedi has also requisitioned the services of two trolley tankers for the JNAC area.
Similarly, Mango Notified Area Committee special officer Neeraj Srivastava has sought the services of two tankers (each of 2,500-litre capacity), mounted on three-wheelers for his area. Srivastava said that the bylanes of Mango were horribly congested and densely populated and hence tanks mounted on autorickshaws were the only way to provide drinking water in the area.
Jugsalai municipality special officer Sitaram Singh, on the other hand, has asked for two tankers (of 2,500-litre capacity each) mounted on autorickshaws to tide over the crisis in his area.
Apart from this, the authorities have decided to press into service three tractors, mounted with water tanks, in areas on the outskirts of the city like Bagbera, Parsudih and Sarjamda.
In addition, deputy commissioner Pande was also asked to repair defunct tube-wells in Patamda, Sundernagar and Potka and make provision of setting up deep bore wells which had rainwater harvesting facility.
“Kumar assured us that he would raise the issue of filling up of ponds in rural areas with the Union government and seek permission to start dredging work before monsoon,” said Chanchal Garg, MP’s representative.
Others present during the meeting included Ghatshila MLA Ramdas Soren, Baharagora MLA Bidyut Varun Mahto and Jamshedpur West MLA Banna Gupta.