Jamshedpur, July 11: Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Monday announced that issues related of quality piped drinking water in non-Tata lease areas will end by next year.
He informed that that a MoU will be signed between Tata Steel and state government tomorrow in Ranchi for provision of drinking water in non-Tata lease area.
Addressing a gathering after launching a tree plantation drive at BPM High School in Burmamines in the city, Das noted, “We are all set to sign a MoU which will way for better future.
Tata Steel has assured to complete survey work for supply of quality drinking water in the non-company lease areas right from Salgajhuri (in south-east) to near Marine Drive (in north west) by October 2 and thereafter start laying of pipes and provide connection at a fixed rate before next year. It would be metered connections,” said Das.
The Chief Minister said that as per the agreement, the state government will bear 40 percent of the total cost for providing drinking water in these localities, while Tata Steel will share 60 percent of the cost.
He also said that government has embarked on a plan to install LED lights in non-company areas, through urban development.
“We want to provide better amenities. The urban development department through local urban bodies has started installing LED lights replacing the old lights in different streets of localities situated outside the company area,” said Das.
The Chief Minister also motivated those present at Burmamines to take a pledge to plant five trees in their respective areas and plant five trees to mark birthdays and use water and electricity wisely. Das also announced that that state government is planning to start a green credit campaign for reducing carbon footprints.
Addressing a gathering after launching a tree plantation drive at BPM High School in Burmamines in the city, Das said, “We want to preserve the environment and we want to plan our policies to be environment friendly.
As per our plans, trees being cut for road widening and other development projects like setting up of industries and construction of buildings will have to compensated by the institutions undertaking the projects by planting as many trees in other locations as part of the green credit campaign.
We are happy at the success of the Van Mahotsava campaign through mass participation and would want mass support for this new campaign too.”
Incidentally, 53 ashok trees were planted at Baridih, while 101 neem trees were planted at Burmamines after the Chief Minister planted the saplings. The trees were provided by Jamshedpur forest division.