Jamshedpur, June 12: Peeved over irregular supply of water, BJP activists and local residents today ransacked the water treatment and filtration plant of the Mango water supply project.
According to information about 30 activists entered the Mango water supply treatment and filtration plant at Jawaharnagar area in Mango and protested against Tata Steel subsidiary, Jusco, the executing agency of the water project. The activists entered into hot talk with the officials. The activists then damaged three computers, two tables and four chairs.
BJP leader Vikash Singh said that it was only after intervention of local (Jamshedpur West) MLA and state food and civil supplies minister, Saryu Roy and his assurance that they vacated the premises.
Mohammed Nizam of Mango said that several areas are facing an acute water shortage, and are forced to travel about more than a kilometer to fetch drinking water. The water shortage problem is so severe that if temperature soars further several areas might not receive water at all.
According to the information, the water problem is more severe in the areas located at the tail-end of water supply system and on the city outskirts.
The impact of summer has hit early this year. The ground water level at various places has gone down considerably due to the mushrooming high-rises. Moreover due to the rising temperature the water level of two important rivers Swarnarekha and Kharkai has decreased substantially.
The Mango Notified Area Committee, (MNAC) which acts as a municipal body to oversee the day-to-day municipal requirements of about 1.80 lakh population is concerned over the plight of its residents but says it is helpless.
“We do understand the fact that this summer is going to be very bothering for us but drinking water and sanitation department will have take care of this matter,” said, special officer, MNAC.
Although, the drinking water department has got the nod from the government for setting deep borewells in the Mango area but the department apprehend the entire exercise would take weeks to get through.
The population of Mango is about two lakh and people depend on ground water and tube wells. But the process of urbanisation decreased recharge and increased withdrawal of ground water.
Moreover, a huge amount of ground water is pumped out for residential, industrial and commercial use. Similar is the situation at Jugsalai, Pursidih, Karandih and Kitadih.