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Mango water set for Jan. date

Come January, three lakh residents of Mango can finally look forward to piped drinking water.

Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) will begin allotting water connections to 50,000 households from Wednesday as part of the ambitious Rs 64.15 crore drinking water project.

The project — aimed at supplying 48 million litres per day — was taken up 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, Mango residents receive less than a third — below two million litres.

About 168km of pipes have been laid for the project by Jusco.

The project required construction of five water towers — over and above an existing one — a modern treatment plant and an intake well on the banks of the Subernarekha.

Speaking to The Telegraph, MNAC special officer Neeraj Srivastava said water connections with meters would be provided to households in the locality.

“There would be three categories of water connections with different tariffs — domestic users will pay Rs 1,500, commercial users Rs 1,800 and industrial users Rs 2,000. One would have to pay the fixed charge only once,” he said, adding according to the meter, domestic consumers would have to pay Rs 4 per 1,000 litres every month while commercial and industrial users would have to pay Rs 9 per 1,000 litres a month.

An user would have to apply for connection after paying the charge up front. MNAC would provide plumbers, who will be present at the civic body’s office, to install the water connections.

“We have recruited 38 plumbers for this purpose and they would be available at our office from tomorrow. Users would have to purchase the meter and get it approved by MNAC before it is installed at the houses,” said the MNAC special officer.

SDO, drinking water and sanitation department, Jeson Horo, said necessary pipelines had already been laid across Mango.

“Only horizontal laying of pipes at three points on NH-33 need to be completed by Jusco. We are putting pressure on Jusco to complete the work within a week and also complete minor construction work at only one water tower and water treatment plant by this month,” said Horo.

He said water supply would begin from the first week of January as per the directive of Jharkhand High Court. The court had asked the drinking water and sanitation department to file a compliance report by January 2013.