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Project hope ends fast

A tripartite meeting of railway officials, district administration and protesters ended the indefinite hunger strike called by 11 residents of Bagbera and Ghaghidih on Friday over the no-show of the Rs 132-crore drinking water project launched in 2006.

Assistant divisional engineer of Tatanagar R.P. Meena, executive engineer of drinking water and sanitation department (Jamshedpur) Raghunandan Sharma and Jamshedpur circle officer Prabhat Bhusan assured protesters, who gathered under the banner of Sampurna Ghaghidih Vikas Samiti, that the project would be completed within two years.

A global tender related to the state project would be floated after December 25.

“We have received directives from our department higher-ups to float global tender and attract international bidders who will operate and maintain the project for 15 years,” said executive engineer Sharma.

“We have decided to call off our agitation after the administration’s assurance. The railway and district administration have also agreed to mutually settle the pipeline laying issue in a meeting on December 16,” said samiti convener Subodh Jha.

Reportedly, South Eastern Railway officials had objected to laying of pipes under Adityapur-Jugsalai rail bridge.

On December 16, railway officials and district administration will hold a meeting to resolve this issue.

The project, if completed, will supply piped water to over two lakh residents of Bagbera, Kitadih, Karandih, Parsudih and Ghaghidih.

Residents had sat on a dharna on Tuesday and launched the fast from Wednesday.