The East Singhbhum district administration has directed Jusco to complete the Mango drinking water project by December 30.
Additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of East Singhbhum Ganesh Kumar at a meeting in the district collectorate on Friday asked Jusco manager of the Mango drinking water project, S.K. Karambeer, to conduct a site inspection along with drinking water and sanitation department (DW&SD) and Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) officials to ensure timely completion of the project.
The directive was issued in the backdrop of a Jharkhand High Court asking the state government to file a compliance report on the Rs 64.18 crore Mango drinking water project by January 2013.
The Mango project — aimed at supplying 48 million litres per day — started in 2005 as a public-private partnership between the state drinking water and sanitation department and Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco. At present, against a demand for over six million litres of water a day, three lakh Mango residents receive less than a third of their requirement.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Ganesh Kumar said from Monday, both Jusco and DW&SD will be filing daily progress reports on the project. “This exercise has been done to ensure time-bound completion of the project. During the meeting, there were some differences between Jusco and DW&SD over payments for water pipe laying work, which has been resolved. Both Jusco and DW&SD officials would be carrying out site inspection accompanied by the MNAC special officer and fix dates of completion of each job and file daily a progress report,” he said.
He added that Jusco had been asked to expedite pipe laying work and also minor civil works in the water treatment plant and intake reservoir and file reports on a daily basis.
“We are not happy with the slow pace of work of Jusco in laying pipes despite the administration clearing encroachments on NH-33 by October 13 between Dimna roundabout and Pardih roundabout. They were supposed to press into service five Hyva equipment, but they were using only one,” said the ADC.
Jusco, is constructing five water towers, an intake well reservoir and a modern treatment plant on the Subernarekha banks. It also has to lay 168km pipelines in Mango area.
Principal secretary of drinking water and sanitation department Sudhir Prasad said they were taking the high court directive seriously and had instructed their district counterparts to ensure that the project kicks off in January 2013.
Executive engineer of the DW&SD (Adityapur division) Bipin Bihari Sinha who was also present at the meeting said work on the intake well reservoir, treatment plant and water towers were nearly 90 per cent complete.
“We hope that Jusco would work on a war footing and complete all the pending work so that the project is inaugurated by January 2013 in accordance with the high court directive,” said Sinha.