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Ray of hope for project

- Dhubri unit needs Rs 50 lakh to complete work

Dhubri, July 10: The much-awaited greater Dhubri drinking water project that was sanctioned in 2006 is showing signs of completion in the next two months.

Implemented by the Dhubri district unit of the Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board, the Rs 9.25-crore project was started in 2007 and after many revision of deadlines, the last one being in 2012, work like construction of overhead water tank, reservoir, water treatment plant and laying of underground pipe line have been completed.

An official source said only some of the work such as connection of pipes from distribution to supply points, setting up of water filters and installation of power connection was left.

“For executing these and making payments of the outstanding bills of contractors, we need nearly Rs 50 lakh now, but this amount of money has not been released by the state board,” the source said.

The project would have been completed long ago if the officials of the board head office in Guwhati had taken a little interest in the project, as this was already overdue, he added.

The construction of the overhead tank, water reservoir and filter tank with capacity of filtering 7.2 million litres water started in 2008 opposite Dhubri Sikh temple but it was long delayed because of paucity of funds.

The residents alleged that the project was sanctioned because of acute drinking water shortage in Dhubri town but it is still complete even eight years after it began.

Expressing resentment over the delay in commissioning the project, Dhubri legislator Jahan Uddin said he had enquired about the progress of the project a few months ago. In response, the then executive engineer of Dhubri board, Kumud Chandra Das, told him that it was almost complete.

“I will take up the matter with the state board within a couple of days and ensure that necessary funds were released to complete the project so that it is commissioned within a few months,” Jahan said.