Over 15,000 families living in nine parched villages of Dhanbad will soon get pure drinking water to quench their thirst.
The drinking water and sanitation department has completed a Rs 5.43-crore water treatment and supply project, which is awaiting formal inauguration any time now.
Chief minister Hemant Soren was to inaugurate the project during his visit to the coal belt on January 27. But, his visit was postponed in the wake of the death of former deputy chief minister Sudhir Mahto.
The villages that will benefit are Kasiatand, Manjhladih, Tetangabad, Bardudbhi, Lakrabihari, Saraydaha, Gajhuadih, Moonidih and Lapur — all situated near Bhatinda waterfall, around 25km the district headquarters.
Currently, people of these villages have as source of water only three hand pumps and a few wells, most of which turn dry during summers.
Sources said a treatment plant with a capacity of 1.5 million litter per day and a water tower of 4-lakh litter capacity had been erected at Kasiatand village. Further, the department has laid a 13km pipeline across the villages for supplying water from the plant. This apart, a 2.7km rising pipeline has been laid for fetching fresh water from the Bhatinda fall to the treatment plant.
Executive engineer (range 1) of the department Sushil Kumar said around 100 connections had already been allotted. “Once inaugurated, around 15,000 households will be brought under the project,” he added.
The department will charge a one-time fee of Rs 310 for installation of water meter and Rs 62 per month per household for the supply.