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Mango wants bill buffer

Over 500 residents of Mango laid siege to the local civic body office in Jamshedpur on Monday, demanding waiver of outstanding water bills and laying of pipes in localities that have not yet been covered under the ambitious Rs 64.18- crore drinking water project.

Residents under the aegis of Mango Nagar Vikas Samiti gheraoed Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) office for nearly an hour from 11.30am. The stir was lifted after Dhalbhum subdivisional officer Prem Ranjan assured the agitators that East Singhbhum district administration would put forth their demands before state urban development department.

“Of the 6,000-odd households in Mango, more than 40 per cent have pending bills which run into several thousands. We will not pay a single penny as water supply was not regular. And on rare occasions when water did come, it was of poor quality. The government has to waive the outstanding amount,” a resident of an apartment on Dimna Road and Samiti president Vijay Tiwary said.

Binod Singh, another resident of Dimna Road, added that several localities were yet to come under the Mango drinking water project.

“We have read in the newspapers that the project will be inaugurated on December 15. We apprehended that once it is launched, the civic officials will not bother to carry out further work,” Singh added.

MNAC special officer Sushil Kumar claimed otherwise. “We are already in the process of preparing a DPR for a stretch of around 104km where pipes need to be laid. It will be sent to the urban development department for approval,” he added.

The administration, in the meantime, will prepare a list of consumers with outstanding dues.

“Special officer Kumar has been asked to prepare the list. We will forward it to urban development department with demands of local residents and seek a direction in this regard,” East Singhbhum additional deputy commissioner Ganesh Kumar said.

As a part of the Mango project, five towers have been constructed to supply 48 million litres of water daily for the next 24 years. At present, against a demand of six million litres per day, the densely populated (3 lakh) area gets less than two million litres. A modernised water treatment plant and an intake reservoir on the banks of Subernarekha are also part of the project.


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