Guwahati, Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Furore in Silchar over contaminated water
 SILCHAR, Feb 11 – Residents of Park Road, Central Road and Bungalow Road here have raised complaints against contaminated drinking water served to them. They have also claimed that despite several complaints since November last year, the local civic board has not taken any step in this regard.

 “We have been suffering from filthy and stinking water supplied by the Silchar municipality in the wards 6, 23 and 24 since last November. The drinking water is mixed with drain water. We have made several appeals to the civic board, but all our cries have fallen into deaf ears. Neither the chairperson nor her deputy came even once to attend to our problems. We’ve been left to die of various water-borne diseases consuming the grimy water,” echoed Deepshika Mishra and Arpita Das.

Samar Bijoy Chakraborty, an academician and a resident of the locality, said, “the authorities are trying to murder us supplying the poisonous water to drink.” He informed that they have submitted a memorandum to the deputy commissioner at his residence, giving him a seven-day ultimatum with a warning of launching massive protests in the form of road blockades and abstaining from paying the Betterment Tax if the administration fails to find an immediate solution to the problem. The locals have also given a bottle of contaminated water as a token of gift to the deputy commissioner.

Interestingly, the commissioner of ward No. 23, Birabrata Roy is taking active part in the movement. He said the water pipelines in the town were set up around 40 years ago and since then the lines were not maintained. “Most of the pipelines are underneath the drains in the town. There are also no manholes to mend leaks in these pipelines. It is time the lines were repaired so that the people get potable drinking water,” he said.

Roy also informed that an amount of Rs 24 crore from the Chief Minister’s special promised package money for Barak Valley has been technically passed for overhauling the water supply network in Silchar, with the approval awaiting from the Planning and Development department.

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