Treated Jusco water gushes out of a pipe leak in parched Mango last week. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Fountains of precious drinking water are going down the drain near Mango bridge for nearly a fortnight now, even as authorities are busy playing the blame game.
Gallons of water are gushing out 24/7 from a broken pipe linked to a public water kiosk in the parched locality. Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco supplies the treated water.
The kiosk with seven taps was set up in March 2012 at the Mango-end of the old bridge over Subernarekha on the request of Jamshedpur East MLA Banna Gupta in view of the area’s drinking water crisis as the Rs 64.18 crore water project was not operational.
Now, as the multi-crore project is still incomplete, the sight of treated drinking water going waste is a “disturbing sight”, say many Mango residents.
Mango Vikas Samiti member and a resident of Old Purulia Road, Vijay Tiwary said the profusely leaking water angered people who stood in queues to fill up containers at the community kiosk.
“People from lower income groups come from different parts of Mango and fill containers with drinking water for domestic use. But, due to the pipe leak, water in the taps has reduced to a trickle, testing the patience of people. To rub salt on wounds, people see water gushing from the pipe leak getting accumulated on the road,” Tiwary said.
“Even now, Mango water project is still not fully operational and supply is on trial basis. So, to see drinking water getting wasted is a pain. We have complained to Mango Notified Area Committee, drinking water and sanitation department and Jusco, but no one has so far bothered to repair the leak,” Santosh Kumar a resident of Daiguttu in Mango, said.
But, no one wants to come forward to repair the leak.
Jusco spokesperson Rajesh Rajan said they had constructed the infrastructure for community water taps and supplied water connection on a one-time basis though the area did not fall under their jurisdiction. “Acting on the request of the local MLA (Gupta), we constructed the facility and provided water connection in 2012. However, any repair work is the responsibility of the drinking water and sanitation department or the Mango Notified Area Committee,” said Rajan.
Mango Notified Area Committee special officer Jagadish Yadav said drinking water and sanitation department officials should be asked for repairs. The department’s executive engineer (Adityapur division) Najre Imam claimed MNAC should have shouldered maintenance work, but promised to visit the site and initiate measures to plug the leak.