DHUBRI, June 13: Dhubri Deputy Commissioner Ananta Lal Gyani on Wednesday ordered officials of Dhubri division of Assam Urban Water and Sewerage Board to install three drinking water supply points in Nuniapatty area of Dhubri town immediately. The residents of wards no 10, 11 and 12 met Deputy Commissioner with a plea to arrange drinking water supply in greater Nuniapatty area, where there was no drinking water supply since quite a long time.
The fact remains that there is water-pump station at New Market area in ward no 5 but that is non-functional since the last 25 years. As a result, tap-water is supplied to wards no. 10,11 and 12 having population of over 30,000 through the two tap-water points only. This is inadequate compared to need. Dev Kumar, a resident of Nuniapatty area, who submitted memorandum to the DC, informed that drinking water problem in Nuniapatty area assumed a serious proportion as every other day there were clashes and scuffles for collecting portable water between the residents from two points located at New Market area in ward no 5.
“In view of inadequate supply of drinking water in Dhubri town area, Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board sanctioned a Urban Water Supply Project at an estimated cost of Rs 9.25 crore in 2007 and after much delay in works, it was completed in 2016,” Kumar added. Dwarika Prasad Shah, a senior citizen of the area, resented the fact that despite completion of the project, residents were yet to get supply of drinking water only due to the indifferent attitude of Dhubri Urban Water and Sewerage Board officials.
“Moreover, almost all the Mark-4 hand tube-well installed by PHE 20 years ago are now lying non-functional. But since main underground pipe line of Urban Water and Sewerage Board was laid long back and also runs through the Dhanpatty, Chagalhati and Amco Road, many water supply points can be installed along this route. If it is done, crisis of drinking water will be solved,” Shah pointed out.
An official of board in Dhubri informed that the project which envisaged to supply filtered water of 7.2 million litres to 16 wards of Dhubri town and its suburbs, till now could only supplying water to mere 350 residents. There is acute water shortage in other wards also because Dhubri Municipal Board has no drinking water supply in nine wards out of 16, a board source said.