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Mango water wait drags on
- Jusco wants time till April to implement Rs 64cr project

Your worst fears are now official — the Mango drinking water project will not be completed on March 31.

Drinking water and sanitation department principal secretary Sudhir Prasad informed this to governor Syed Ahmed during a review meeting in Ranchi on Thursday, after Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco sought time till April 30 to complete the Rs 64.18-crore project that has dragged on for more than seven years.

“We are not satisfied with the repeated changes in the time frame set by Jusco for the project. They had earlier promised to complete the project by September 2012 and then they pushed it to December. They had again informed the district administration that it would be over by this month but now they want a further extension of the deadline,” said Prasad.

The principal secretary added that he had apprised Ahmed of plans to issue showcause to Jusco, the executing agency of the project that aims to end the woes of over 3 lakh residents of Mango.

“We will issue showcause to Jusco over the tardy pace of the project, despite payments on our part. Officials of our department posted in the district have told us that Jusco is not keen on completing work on time. We may even recommend the governor to blacklist Jusco,” added Prasad.

A senior drinking water and sanitation official overseeing the project said: “Jusco has completed construction of the water treatment plant, intake well and water towers. However, laying of pipes in densely populated areas like Kalinagar, Sankosai and Daiguttu is yet to be completed. Rising pipes for the water towers are also yet to be installed. Jusco can meet the April 30 deadline only if it works on a war footing.”

The project has lapsed four deadlines earlier.


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