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Project hopes to see light of day by July

Hollow promises have made residents of Chas live through another summer of hardship with the Rs 57.02 crore water project waiting in the wings.

The water supply project was supposed to be ready by 2011, but hurdles like funds crunch and pending land clearances delayed it for more than three years. Though it is complete now, it will take at least a month to get started. For, electricity is still a problem and generators are yet to reach Bokaro from Bangalore.

Five generators have been despatched from Bangalore and supply will start from July.

The Union government funded project, okayed in 2008, is meant to lay 95km of pipes from Damodar river near Telmacho bridge, about 14km away, to the lanes of Chas till ITI More, besides construction of four water towers.

Four tanks — one with a capacity of 1.75 lakh gallon near Solagidih, one of 3 lakh gallon capacity near Mahavir Mandir in Jodhadih and two others of 2.5 lakh gallon each near Vaibhav Hotel and Bokaro Mahila College — are ready. This apart, a water treatment plant has also come up at Telmacho village on the banks of Damodar.

So has an intake well on the river.

Fed up with the delay, president of Bokaro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Sanjay Vaid said, “It is pathetic to note that even after 65 years of Independence we are compelled to buy water. We spend Rs 30 for every 20 litre.” He added that people who are affluent can get the water delivered at home, but others have to be up all night to fetch water from various areas of Bokaro early in the morning.

“Groundwater is not accessible to us because of the depleting water table. Chas happens to be the only district headquarter that is devoid of a water supply scheme,” rued Vaid.

Executive engineer of Bokaro Municipality Krishna Kumar said, “All civil work with regard to the construction of water tanks, treatment plant and laying of pipeline have been completed. The only job is pending now is to charge the pipelines.”

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