Jamshedpur, Feb 2: As the date for the inauguration of Mango Water Drinking Project nears and which has missed a number of deadlines, the state urban development department has taken a fresh initiative to start another Rs 64 crore project.
Protesting against the fresh project at Mango, senior BJP leader and ex-MLA Saryu Roy said that at the order of the urban development department, a Delhi-based consultant company, IPE Global, has made a detail project report (DPR) for reorganising the under-constructed mega water project.
Roy on the occasion also produced a copy of the DPR prepared by the IPE Global, informing that if the new project is not stopped, then the people of Mango will not only remain deprived of getting drinking water.
Talking to the media persons, the former BJP legislator said that work for the Mango water project was started in October 2009 and it has almost been completed recently.
Roy said that as a fresh project worth over Rs 64 crores in the name of reorganising the Mango water project will no way serve the interest of the people of Mango and will lead to misuse of fund, they would meet the East Singhbhum deputy commissioner, Amitabh Kaushal to oppose the move.
The Mango project — aiming to supply 48 million litres per day — started in 2005 as a public-private partnership between state drinking water and sanitation department and Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco.
At present, against a demand for over six million litres of water a day, three lakh Mango residents receive less than a third, that is, less than two million litres.
The Rs 64.18 crore ambitious drinking water project, as per affidavit filed by East Singhbhum district administration before Jharkhand High Court in December last year, was to commence from March 31, 2013.
The project was mentioned in the 2005-06 budget with an estimated cost of Rs 25 crore. The foundation stone was laid by then Governor K Shankarnarayan in 2009.
Its earlier scheduled deadline was August 2011.New pipelines have been laid along a stretch of nearly 148km in Mango and will see distribution from the six water towers at Sankosai, Gandhi Maidan, Old Purulia Road, Pardih (near Big Bazaar), MGM Medical College and Jawaharnagar.