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Community baths for women in Tata village

- Pure water pipe dream turns into reality too

Access to safe drinking water and good hygiene and sanitation is every citizen’s right. But, a bulk of Jharkhand’s rural population remains deprived till date.

In a baby step to redress this blatant abuse of rights, Tata Steel’s Jharia division has handpicked one of its leased areas in Sijua, Dhanbad, for a pilot project that will ensure round-the-clock water supply and safe sanitation.

A well and four community bathrooms for women have come up in the parched Rampur village under Kanchanpur panchayat of Sijua. The company has also extended water pipelines to all the 385 households. The facilities were inaugurated on November 23.

The well, the water supply lines, and the community bathrooms — developed at a total cost of Rs 12.69 lakh — are a part of Tata Steel Rural Development Society project to offer relief to 17 leased villages in Sijua from acute water crisis.

The bathrooms have come up on six cottah land donated by retired Tata employee Mohammed Halim. Each, measuring 8ftx6ft, is equipped with a shower and taps.

“A 35ft deep well has been dug up in the same compound,” said unit head of Tata Steel Rural Development Society Keshav Ranjan.

He added that the well was fitted with a motor pump and an overhead tank to ensure uninterrupted water supply from 8am to 5pm.

On how they would ensure purity of water, Ranjan said: “We will carry out tests every month to ensure that safe drinking water is supplied to every household.”

Local villagers, on the other hand, are forming the Rampur Gram Jal Samiti to maintain the facilities.


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