Monday, January 24, 2022

Over 200 hand pumps in city lie defunct, Administration asks civic bodies to act

Jamshedpur : On one hand state government, boasts of uplifting standard of education and providing all sort of facilities to the people but at ground level the scene is quite different. One such instance is that of several hand pumps lying defunct for several months.

Over 200 hand pumps in the city. According to JNAC records, out of a total of 1680 tube wells installed around 110 are lying defunct in different areas city.

In Mango (read MNAC), out of a total of 516 tubewells around 481 were found functional and in Jugsalai (read Jugsalai municipality) out of a total of 243 tube wells only 181 are functional.

East Singhbhum district administration after assessing water needs in parched areas of city in the past few years has asked the local civic bodies, namely Jamshedpur notified area committee (JNAC), Mango notified area committee (MNAC) and Jugsalai municipality to take help of private parties to tide over manpower crunch in repair and maintenance of tubewells from April 1.

The local civic bodies have also been asked by the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal to take immediate steps for taking help of private players in arranging water tankers of enhanced capacity for supplying water at different residential localities facing water crisis during summer season.

The East Singhbhum district administration has taken urgent measures to resolve the drinking water shortage felt in city. The administration has started preparing an action plan to meet the menace.

In the first phase, water will be distributed using tankers in different localities. Officials said that operation of tankers would continue till during the summer season.

The drinking water crisis in areas like Birsanagar, Barinagar, Bagunhatu, Baridih Basti, Moharda, Govindpur, Rahargora, Jojobera, Namda Basti, Manifit, Jemco, Ghorabandha , Parsudih, Sundernagar, Jugsalai, Mango and several other areas located in the periphery of the steel city was discussed during the meeting.

Drinking water scarcity in the city has been compounded by sinking of ground water level and erratic power situation, as a result of which the PHED department is unable to pump adequate water to all localities.

“The scarcity of water was there even in the last year but this year the situation may go further grim and we were left with no option but to ferry the water from nearest possible source we could,” said the official.

Residents of several areas of Jamshedpur 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.

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.

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