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Water projects for 128 villages

Ranchi, Feb. 12: Chief minister Hemant Soren today laid the foundation stones for three drinking water projects that will cover around 70 villages in Dumka.

Also, he will lay the foundation of two more water projects tomorrow that will benefit another 58 villages in the district.

Today, Hemant laid the foundations for water projects in Nawadih, Basmatta and Jajhapur to be built at a cost of over Rs 40 crore.

“Since my early childhood days, I wondered why the people living here suffered from water-borne diseases. After becoming the chief minister, I decided to ensure that people here get clean drinking water,” he added.

The five projects have been planned to mitigate the water woes of the people who had been displaced by the Massanjore dam.

Interestingly, the Massanjore dam is solely owned by the Bengal government, even though it is based in Jharkhand. The Jharkhand government has been demanding that it should be given proportional benefits of the dam, but to no avail.

Hemant added though the picturesque Masanjore dam attracted nature lovers from all over the world, it had virtually been a bane for the local people, especially for those who gave their lands.

These apart, the chief minister also showed green flag to work on strengthening the Pattabari- Massanjore road.

The chief minister arrived in Dumka today on a three-day visit to Santhal Pargana to feel the pulse of the commoners ahead of the coming general elections. Dumka, Rajmahal, Gridih, Godda, Giridih, Chaibasa and Palamau have been JMM stronghold.

JMM central committee member Supriyo Bhattacharya, however, said the visit only reflected Hemant Soren’s commitment towards the growth of the state.