The newly constructed water treatment plant at Jawaharnagar in Mango on Monday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Mango denizens are enjoying piped water supply two times a day for the past few days, a long-awaited dream-come-true for the crowded locality.
Jusco, the executing agency of the Rs 64.18-crore Mango drinking water project, wrote to the state drinking water and sanitation department (DW&SD) on January 25, saying they were ready to hand over the infrastructure and would look after the maintenance of facilities for six months.
In reply, the state department has said they would take over the project in February once Jusco was done with plugging the leaks in the supply pipes in certain areas.
Jusco officials said they had written to the superintendent engineer of DW&SD’s Adityapur circle Umesh Gupta and executive engineer Najre Imam.
“According to agreement, water is being supplied into six different zones of Mango for two times a day (between 7 am — 10am and 3pm — 6pm). We are also plugging leaks in supply pipes as and when required,” said Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan.
Executive engineer of the drinking water department’s Adityapur circle Imam said they would be taking over the project shortly.
“Jusco is currently plugging the leakage points and will complete work in a week or so. They will operate and maintain the project for six months. Thereafter, we will start a tender process to identify a suitable bidder to carry out maintenance,” said the executive engineer.
Jagadish Yadav, special officer of Mango Notified Area Committee, said out of 30,000 registered households in Mango, around 10,000 had applied for the new connections so far.
“We are giving connections within a week of application. A registered household needs to deposit between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500 as connection charges at our office. The charges have been fixed by state urban development based on total built-up area of a holding,” said Yadav.
Residents, meanwhile, are delighted.
Retired Tata Steel employee Chittaranjan Prasad Singh, a resident of Vasundhara Estate near NH-33, expressed happiness.
“I got the connection recently. The whole family was excited over getting clean drinking water two times a day. Earlier, there was no regular supply. Since we live near NH-33, the situation was worst during summers with no water supply for more than three days at time. When water came, it was muddy on most occasions. We hope the nightmare is over,” said the septuagenarian.
The project has added to five new water towers to the existing one, a new modernised water treatment plant and an intake reservoir with pump house on Subernarekha banks.
The infrastructure has the capacity to supply 48 million litres of water per day for next 24 years to cater to a population of nearly 3 lakh people in the area.
Initial completion date of the project was August 2011. The project missed numerous deadlines for one or the other reason.