A newly constructed water tower in Mango on Tuesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Piped water dreams of nearly three lakh Mango residents may get real this August.
Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco is giving finishing touches to the much-delayed Mango drinking water project and will hand over the infrastructure to district drinking water and sanitation department on July 31.
The department’s executive engineer (Adityapur circle) Pradeep Choudhary said water distribution would start when Jusco finished work. “We hope to supply water from August,” he said.
As part of the Rs 64.18-crore project, Jusco has constructed five water towers, a modern treatment plant and an intake reservoir on the banks of Subernarekha. The set-up is equipped to supply 48 million litres of water a day for the next 24 years.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan confirmed they would hand it over to the department on July 31.
“Construction of towers is complete and laying of pipelines is in its final phases Once we hand over the infrastructure, it will be the responsibility of Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) to provide connections to individual households,” he said.
“In most areas, machines laid pipelines. But gadgets couldn’t enter narrow lanes. There, we laid pipes manually, which delayed work,” he said.
Jusco is testing water distribution from three water towers at Sankosai, Gandhi Maidan and Old Purulia Road. Tests for Pardih, MGM and Jawaharnagar will begin shortly.
Department engineer Choudhary, however, blamed Jusco for the delay. “Work on infrastructure gathered pace only this March. Pipeline laying work in the areas is 90 per cent complete and MNAC has already started providing water connection to individual households,” he said.
MNAC special officer Sushil Kumar said out of 30,000 registered households of Mango, 3,500 had so far taken the water connection.
“A registered household needs to deposit Rs 1,500 as connection charge at MNAC. They can negotiate with empanelled plumbers to install connection,” he said, adding residents would have to bear installation costs.
Ajsu leaders submitted a memorandum on Tuesday to East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal, demanding early start of Mango water project in view of Ramazan and Shravan. At present, against a demand of 6 million litres a day, Mango gets less than 2 million litres.