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Eight towns in water revamp project

- DPR ready for Rs 200cr plan

Ranchi, June 16: The state urban development department has decided to pump Rs 200 crore into a plan to revamp water supply infrastructure in Hazaribagh and seven other towns of Jharkhand for a duration of roughly two years, starting this fiscal.

Umesh Mehta, joint secretary (management cell), drinking water & sanitation, said his department had already prepared detailed project report (DPR) for the individual schemes.

“We only need to technically evaluate the DPRs and sanction them,” he told The Telegraph, adding that tenders would be soon floated to appoint prospective bidders for each project.

Apart from Hazaribagh, the other cities here water supply will be revamped are Chaibasa, Chakradharpur, Garhwa, Jamtara, Seraikela, Phusro and Daltonganj (phase II).

The urban development department will fund the projects while drinking water and sanitation officials will monitor and execute them.

Shardendu Narayan, the engineer in chief of drinking water and sanitation department, said the eight cities desperately required a facelift as they were faced with inadequate infrastructure.

“For example in a place like Mango, where we are executing a Rs 64-crore urban water supply project, the existing water treatment plant has a capacity of only 1 million gallons per day. The new scheme will raise its capacity six-fold,” he explained.

Besides enhancing capacity of water treatment plants, the new projects in the eight cities would set up new treatment plants, lay pipelines in areas not covered earlier and build intake wells, water towers and sumps based on specific requirements, he added.

Urban drinking water supply schemes are being executed in several places, including Ranchi (Rs 288 crore), Dhanbad (Rs 365 crore), Chas (Rs 50 crore), Deoghar (Rs 50 crore), Dumka (Rs 47 crore), Gumla-phase II (Rs 20 crore), Giridih (Rs 52 crore), Jugsalai (Rs 22 crore) and Mango (Rs 64 crore).

In a few cities such as Giridih and Gumla, the projects are on the verge of completion. But a majority is progressing at a snail’s pace.

Additional chief secretary Sudhir Prasad, who heads the drinking water and sanitation department, has reviewed the progress of ongoing urban projects, including those in Ranchi and Dhanbad, where the plans being executed under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

The department has threatened to lodge an FIR against Hyderabad-based IVRCL Infrastructure, which is executing the project in Ranchi, over the slow pace of work.

In Dhanbad, construction major Larsen & Toubro has so far executed its task smoothly.