The Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) is all set to be entrusted with the additional responsibility of water management in urban areas.
The drinking water and sanitation department has recently sent a missive to the civic body to take over water supply in the capital from April 1.
At present, the department’s five divisions — Gonda, Hatia project, special, Swarnarekha distribution and town mechanical, which are connected to major reservoirs around the city — supply water in the municipal area.
The civic body provides connection to households and collects usage charges.
RMC CEO Manoj Kumar told The Telegraph that the corporation had received a letter from the water and sanitation department wherein they were reminded that in accordance with Jharkhand Municipal Act 2011, civic bodies need to manage water affairs.
Responding to the letter, the RMC chief cited lack of staff strength and urged for manpower to take over water supply operations.
“We have requested the department to provide us with technical staff present in its divisional offices so that we can smoothly execute water supply,” he said.
Rs 218cr fine on A2Z
In another development, the RMC has claimed Rs 218.01 crore damages against A2Z Waste Management Private Limited, which was recently ousted as a partner cleaning agency of the civic body.
“The amount has been calculated on the basis of four parameters. First, the company did not maintain the equipment and vehicles meant for waste management for which it has to pay Rs 15.38 crore. Then, it did not finish the solid waste treatment plant at Jhiri, for which a Rs 2.63-crore fine has been slapped.”
Kumar added that A2Z’s failure resulted in termination of the agreement and preparation of a new one.
“Since no more funds will be granted under JNNURM for waste management, the RMC will have to manage on its own. So, Rs 100 crore has been claimed to restart the project. And finally, the company was likely to deposit tipping fee for 30 years. Termination of the agreement resulted in huge losses for the RMC for which another Rs 100 crore has been claimed,” Kumar told The Telegraph.