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Eternal flow for thirsty block

- Adhunik opens water plant in Gamharia

Here’s a thing or two the city’s civic bosses can learn from a private entrepreneur.

Adhunik Power and Natural Resources Limited is ready to quench the thirst of 10,000-odd residents of Gamharia block, about 15km from Jamshedpur, in Seraikela-Kharsawan district with pure and safe drinking water.

In contrast, the Mango water project has already missed five deadlines and is still waiting for an inaugural date.

The Adhunik Group company on Sunday launched project Amrit Dhara, which includes a water-processing unit and a reverse osmosis plant, in the block as a part of its corporate social responsibility.

Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Indrajeet Mahatha inaugurated the Rs 20-lakh project. The Gamharia panchayat samiti and local NGO Nav Nirman Sansthan are partners in the project. The ambitious venture will ensure pure and safe drinking water to the 1,000-odd families.

Deputy general manager (corporate communications) of Adhunik Group Anand Kumar said the water-processing unit and the reverse osmosis plant — each of 1,000 litre capacity — have been installed. Water will be available in five-, 10- and 20-litre jars. Each family will be given two jars every day. The total number of beneficiaries is around 10,000.

“Residents can buy water by paying 50 paise per litre, which is almost free of cost. The same is available in the market at a price ranging between Rs 12 and Rs 15 per litre,” he said.

Associate vice-president (HR and CSR) of Adhunik Group Manu Rastogi, who attended the inaugural function, said the project had been set up on a public private partnership (PPP) basis.

“The local administration has provided infrastructure support, while Nav Nirman Sansthan will take care of the operation and maintenance of the project. We will look after the machinery and bear recurring costs,” said Rastogi. After three years, it will be handed over to the panchayat.

He went on to add that the next project would come up at Kandra panchayat on a similar PPP model.

For a district like Seraikela-Kharsawan, where water-borne diseases affect a large number of people, this is indeed a big step.

A beneficiary and a local resident of Gamharia, Rajkumar Mahto, said, “We used to drink water with high iron content. Now, with the launch of the project, we can look forward to get pure and safer drinking water.”

Deputy development commissioner Sangram Besra and other senior officials of the district attended the inauguration of the plant.