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Tribals stage demonstration in protest of installation of water filtration plant

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Jamshedpur, July 26: More than 5,000 tribals, including women today staged a massive demonstration in front of East Singhbhum deputy commissioner’s office protesting against installation of water filtration plant at suburban Bagbera locality of the city.

Under the banner of Majhi Pargana Mahal the tirbals were demanding the district administration to stop construction of water filtration plant at Giddi as the place on which the project is being set up is a Jahersthan ( a sacred place for tribal) and also a burial ground.

Moreover, the agitators are also claiming that the local administration had not taken the Gram Sabha into confidence before selecting the site for the project.

At the end of the over three-hour-long demonstration, a delegation of the protestors met the DC, Amit Kumar and handed him over a memorandum. Krishna Hansda, national spokesman of Adivasi Mahasabha, said that they have appraised DC about the issues concerning tribals.

He said the committee which the DC, East Singhbhum will set up a committee including the representatives of the tribal outfit.

The Rs 237 crore worth drinking water project is coming up at Giddi village under Bagbera panchayat. Though this World Bank-funded project was scheduled to begin in June last year, but due to the protest by a section of tribal had delayed the commencement of the project.

Deputy commissioner, Amit Kumar said that a delegation had come to meet him over their issue demanding scraping up of the construction of the water filtration plant from Giddi in Bagbera.

The deputy commissioner said once the drinking water project is completed about two lakh people residing in 113 villages under 38 panchayats will be provided with tap water.

There will be 10 water towers in the project and beside a pipe-line system linked to every households of the eastern part of the city which depends largely on tube-wells and other water bodies.

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