|Minister’s one week to repair GMC pump runs to 25 days, but no water yet|
GUWAHATI, July 9 - The Guwahati Municipal Corporation has failed to meet the deadline to repair the damaged water pump of the Satpukhuri Water Supply Treatment Plant.
Twenty-five days after repairing the damaged water pump at the plant, the GMC failed to resume normal water supply from the unit till today. This only proves the vague promise of GDD Minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya who had assured of completing the task within a week’s time.
The pump got damaged in March this year and since then water supply at Kharghuli, Chandmari, Chandmari Colony, Noonmati, Silpukhuri and surrounding areas of the city has been severely hit.
Residents are now getting drinking water only once in five days and that too for a few minutes.
On July 3 a GMC official had informed this correspondent that the pump would be repaired by Wednesday and people would get water from Thursday.
The aggrieved residents of the affected areas have demanded that if the corporation cannot fix the pump, then they should supply water to them through water tankers.
While officials of the GMC are continuously claiming that the affected areas have been covered with water tankers, the ground reality is just the opposite. Only a fraction of the residents of the affected areas are getting the facility, that too, on alternate days.
Shiva Kumar Das, a resident of Nijarapar area told The Assam Tribune, “The corporation today sent only one tanker to our locality which was grossly inadequate. If the GMC is unable to supply piped water they should at least send three to four tankers to the areas affected daily. They are sending the water tankers only to keep the people’s mouths shut,” he added.
“When we try to reach GMC through the helpline numbers regarding water supply, they do not even address us properly. They just want the people to suffer,” Raju Bora, a resident of Bamunimaidam said.
When contacted by this correspondent, GMC Commissioner Devajyoti Hazarika said he is on leave. This correspondent also tried to reach GMC Superintending Engineer Manoranjan Bharali through phone calls and text messages, but received no response till the filing of this report.