|Solve Guwahati’s piped water crisis, citizens’ body urges Govt|
GUWAHATI, June 30 - The Mahanagar Unnayan Samiti Guwahati has appealed to the State government to take immediate steps to resolve the crisis of water in Guwahati city.
Established in 2004, the Mahanagar Unnayan Samiti Guwahati is one of the prime organisations that have been raising their voice over civic issues concerning Guwahati city.
“The city has been facing an acute water crisis for years. The crisis has become more severe with an increase in the population of the city. To solve the crisis permanently, the government had taken up three mega water projects, which are however running behind schedule. We have demanded a deadline from the government on completion of these projects immediately,” said secretary of the Samiti Biren Sarma.
On Saturday, the citizens’ committee sent a memorandum through e-mail to the Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup (Metro) in this regard, pointing out that majority of the population is still not getting piped water. They have to depend on borewells, water that drips from hills and accumulates in pits and water from private suppliers among others.
“The government had spent crores of rupees on the ongoing water supply projects, but the city residents are still waiting for completion of these projects,” Sarma said.
The Guwahati Metropolitan Drinking Water and Sewage Board (GMDW & SB) and Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) are the major agencies in the city for providing piped water to the residents.
“Around 30 per cent of the over 15 lakh population in the city receives piped drinking water. The water crisis in Guwahati will be solved only when the big-ticket water supply projects are complete. The water plants of GMC are becoming old and their capacity is reducing every year. Now it is not possible for GMC to provide new connections for piped water to the city residents,” a source in the civic body said.