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Chas stares at parched summer

Once again, Chas is staring at a severe water crisis this summer as a Rs 51.02 crore project to harness water from the Damodar is stuck due to irregular funds flow.

The project, cleared by the Centre in 2008, envisages laying a 92km-long pipeline from the Damodar at Telmaccho, to various localities of Chas, in addition to constructing four wells and an intake tank.

Executive engineer of the drinking water and sanitation department, the executing agency for the project, Shivnath Ram said the deadline for the Chas project had now been extended to July.

“Out of Rs 30.6 crore provided to us, we have spent the entire amount. We have also written to Chas Municipality for releasing the remaining funds which have already been provided by the state urban development department,” he said.

Ram explained that 47 km of the pipeline had already been laid. On water tanks, he said the one at Solagidih, of 1.75 lakh gallon capacity, was ready, while construction of the one near Vaibhav Hotel with a capacity of 2.5 lakh gallon was in the final stages.

“Half the work on the tank near Mahavir Mandir at Jodhadih, with a capacity of 3 lakh gallon, is also complete,” he said.

For the residents of Chas, about four lakh in all, the water project is something they have given up hope on.

“We are fed up… when we were elected three years ago, we assured the people that we would be able to provide water to the people as the water project seemed to be on course,” said Vandana Sharma, councillor of Chas ward 17.

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