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Foul cry over project

Senior BJP leader and former legislator Sarayu Roy on Sunday described the urban development’s decision to start a fresh project to augment the Rs 65-crore Mango water scheme in Jamshedpur as “misuse of taxpayer’s money.”

Addressing a news conference in Bistupur, Roy said: “At the behest of the urban development department, a Delhi-based consultant, IPE Global, has made a detailed project report (DPR) for augmenting and reorganising the nearly complete Mango water project.”

“A huge amount is being siphoned off in the name of augmentation and reorganisation of Mango water project,” he alleged.

Protesting against the move, Roy produced a copy of the DPR and claimed that if the fresh project was not stopped, then the parched localities of Mango would remain deprived of drinking water this summer too.

The Mango water project started way back in October 2009 and is almost on the verge of completion.

“Though construction of water towers, filteration plant and pipeline laying work is almost complete, over 40 per cent of Mango’s 2.24 lakh population are yet to get drinking water because a 116km pipeline is required which can be done at an expenditure of Rs 4 crore. Why start a Rs 64 crore project?” Roy asked.

At present, water is being supplied twice in places where pipelines have been laid.