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Pothole price for piped water

Get some, give some. If taps at home have water, brave potholes on the road outside.

This seems to be the deal for some 3,000 residents of Post Office Road, one of Mango’s better-known areas.

Though they have got water from the Mango drinking water project, they are paying the price with backbreaking rides and walks on the 1.5km-long Post Office Road.

For the past one year, Jusco, in the process of creating infrastructure to execute the ambitious Rs 64.18-crore Mango drinking water project, dug up the road to lay water pipelines at many places.

But after pipes were laid, neither Jusco nor Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC) bothered to repair the road.

So, the area with over 15 residential apartments, several private homes, a government middle school, a post office, the popular Sai Suraj Ashram and Munshi Mohalla Masjid, is left with an artery that has more potholes than one can count, all of which turn into puddles during monsoon.

For around 3,000 residents as well as nearly 30,000 vehicles, including commercial ones, which use the road daily, commuting is a daily risk.

“Potholes have widened during monsoon. There are at least seven to eight mishaps,” said Amit Roy (45), a Tata Steel employee and a resident of Vastu Vihar on the road.

Executive engineer of drinking water and sanitation department (Adityapur division), the implementing agency of Mango drinking water project, Nazre Imam expressed his ignorance about the road not being reset properly after pipeline-laying work. “According to the work order, Jusco had to fill up the road after laying the pipelines,” Imam said.

Contacted, East Singhbhum DC Amitabh Kaushal said: “This week, I have scheduled a meeting among representatives of drinking water and sanitation department, Jusco and MNAC to find out who is responsible for road repairs. Then, the job will be done.”