SILCHAR, May 30 - Amidst loud cries of development across the political circuits of the State, people of Sarat Pally, within the jurisdiction of Ward number-14 of the Silchar Municipal Board are literally crying for safe and sufficient drinking water.
People said that they have to toil to fill buckets of water from far-off places which is making life difficult. In the words of Arun Das, a local resident, “15 years ago government had allotted eight kata land for the construction of a water tank. But not an inch of work has been initiated so far.”
Shyamal Das, another resident has said that despite repeated appeals to the authorities and even before Ministers, people of the area are haplessly waiting for the promises to get materialised.
On the other hand, Chameli Paul, vice-chairperson of the Silchar Civic board who was voted to power by the residents of Ward number 14 said that steps are being taken to connect Sarat Pally with water supply. “I can understand the plight of the people and chairman of the Civic Board along with Forest Minister Parimal Suklabaidya, local MLA Dilip Kumar Paul and other functionaries are taking steps to start water supply in the area. Rs 161 crore has been earmarked for water supply in Silchar under the AMRUT scheme and we hope that situation at Sarat Pally would improve after the project gets materialised and a tank is erected at the nearby field of Tarun Club,” the vice chairperson stated.
Paul added that site demarcation has been done within the premises of SMCH and they are waiting for the NOC from the hospital authorities for the construction of a water tank.