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Thirsty Bagbera plans to fast

Residents of Bagbera and Ghaghidih on Tuesday sat on a dharna outside the local police station against non-execution of a Rs 132-crore rural water project, which was sanctioned in 2006 but is yet to take off.

The 150-odd protesters, under the aegis of Sampurna Ghaghidih Vikas Samiti, also threatened to start an agitation from Wednesday.

Samiti sources said they had received a letter from the drinking water and sanitation department, claiming that the project was getting delayed because officials of South-Eastern Railway had not provided clearance for a pipeline passing under tracks on Adityapur-Jugsalai bridge.

“Eleven women will sit on an indefinite hunger strike from tomorrow (Wednesday). We will organise a torch rally on December 12 and the next day, we will lock up the pump house in Bagbera,” said the outfit’s convener Subodh Jha.

The touted water project aims to supply piped water to over 2 lakh residents of Bagbera, Kitadih, Karandih, Parsudih and Ghaghidih.

“The detailed project report was finalised after much delay. Now, the project is stuck as the SER is not furnishing a no-objection certificate. We are annoyed because the administration is not prodding railway officials. Locking up the railway pump house is our effort to jolt them into action,” said Jha.

The pump house supplies water to railway staff quarters and Tatanagar station.