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Friday , March 22 , 2013
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If there’s water, it is red & smelly

East Singhbhum district administration on Thursday sent a two-member team to Bagbera and Harharguttu on the parched southern fringes of the steel city to inspect tube wells that residents had complained were pumping out “reddish” or contaminated water with a “strange smell”.

The drinking water and sanitation department (DW&SD) team, Jamshedpur circle, collected samples from nearly seven tube wells at areas such as Gandhinagar, Ramnagar, Bagbera Colony, Somaijhopdi and Shivnagar.

DW&SD (Jamshedpur) block coordinator Sumi Mardi and cluster coordinator Gunadhar Gope said iron content was high.

“We have been directed by the executive engineer of DW&SD Raghunandan Sharma to collect the samples. Apparently the iron content is very high. But chemicals in the water can’t be ruled out. People have complained of a strange odour in the water. The samples will be sent by the executive engineer to the DW&SD testing lab in Ranchi,” Mardi said.

The team went after residents of the water-starved area undertaking “hunger strike” since March 19 near Bagbera police station complained before subdivisional officer (Dhalbhum) Subodh Kumar on Wednesday night that even functional tube wells pumped out foul water. Sampurna Ghaghidih Vikas Samiti (SGVS) patron Subodh Jha told The Telegraph they had registered a complaint with the administration.

“The strike was withdrawn around 10.30pm when Dhalbhum SDO gave us a written response from East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Himani Pande that the detailed project report (DPR) of the Rs 132-crore rural water project would be sent to state DW&SD central design office in Ranchi on Thursday. Then, we raised the issue of foul water coming from functional tube wells,” said Jha.

He added that if the multi-crore project aimed providing piped drinking water to nearly two lakh residents of Bagbera, Kitadih, Karandih, Parsudih and Ghaghidih in the southern fringes did not take off within three months, they would resume their hunger strike.

Executive engineer of DW&SD Raghunandan Sharma said that the report prepared by New Delhi-based Ramky Enviro Engineers Limited had been sent to Ranchi on Thursday morning.

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