Jamshedpur, Feb 26: Chief Minister Raghubar Das today laid the foundation stone of the Chakulia Urban Water Supply Project online at Bagunhatu Football Ground, Birsanagar. He also laid the foundation stone of Navjeevan Kushtha Ashram, a lepers� colony, at Devnagar in Baradwari.
A MoU worth over Rs 21.73 crore was also signed on the occasion by the state government with Jamshedpur Utility Services Company (JUSCO), a 100 per cent subsidiary of Tata Steel, for the speedy implementation of the two projects and for renovation and maintenance of Birsanagar Bagunhatu Water Project under the CM�s Jamshedpur East Assembly constituency.
Addressing the inaugural function, the CM said the Chakulia Urban Water Supply Project would be implemented on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) basis at a total estimated cost of Rs 16.52 crore. At Devnagar, a total of 400 housing units will be constructed for leprosy patients at an expense of Rs 25 crore, he said, adding further, �The MoU with JUSCO will be implemented within two years.
A total of 17,000 families will be benefited from the project. At present, only 6000 families have authorized connection. The project would provide clean drinking water to the residents of both company as well as non-company areas.�
The CM further said that the state Cabinet was soon going to completely ban plastic in Jharkhand. �Rules regarding plastic ban will be formulated and approved in the next Cabinet meeting. Those found violating the norms will be strictly prosecuted,� he said.
Das said the government wanted Jamshedpur and Ranchi to be counted among the top 10 cities of the country in the coming days. Appealing to people to maintain cleanliness, he said those not having toilets should get registered and avail the government assistance to make the Swachh Bharat campaign of PM Narendra Modi a grand success.
The CM said the MoUs signed during the Momentum Jharkhand summit would create a sea of opportunities for the youths of the state. He said the government also wanted to provide houses to the poor people. �The government is going to build 40,000 houses for the poor in the next couple of months.
Our PM has a dream that no poor remains homeless by the year 2019. We are going to make this dream come true very soon. We will also provide houses to widows who do not have their own homes under the Ambedkar Awas Yojana,� he said.
Also present on the occasion was the State Urban Development Minister CP Singh, MP of Jamshedpur Vidyut Varan Mahato, MLA of Baharagora Kunal Sarangi, Principal Secretary of Drinking Water and Sanitation Department Arun Kumar Singh, deputy commissioner of East Singhbhum Amit Kumar, Sunil Bhaskaran, vice president (Corporate Services), Tata Steel, JUSCO MD Ashish Mathur and ADC Sunil Kumar. The dignitaries expressed hope that the twin projects would help serve the people of Jamshedpur in a big way.