SEPPA: Arunachal Pradesh's Minister for Water Resource Development (WRD), Environment & Forest, Mama Natung has given an assurance that Seppa township will be provided clean potable water within one month. However, he has put a condition that the public has to spare space to lay pipelines from their locality without any hurdles.
A high-level team led by Natung and including Seppa MLA Tapuk Taku, Chayang MLA Tajo Hayang Mangfi, Secretary of the PHED, Chief Engineer of the PHED, Deputy Commissioner of East Kameng, Superintendent of East Kameng and other concerned officers, as well as CBOs visited Kochi Water Supply project, Macha and Lai Moya Water Treatment Plant (WTP) on Sunday to see the ground reality after Activists Sol Dodum marched more than 225 km from Seppa to Itanagar, demanding clean potable water for Seppa township.
Attending a public meeting at Nydar Namlo-Seppa, Natung informed that Kochi Water Supply Project in Boso Colony is an old plant constructed way back 1970s. However, the department is already on the job to connect the Seppa with the new WTP.
During the visit, we have noticed that due to the settlement of the residents upstream of the Kochi Water Supply project and a few landslides are the major reasons for the supply of unclean water.
However, the department is already working on the new WTP and work for laying of pipelines to connect localities and construction of Filtration and Pre-Sedimentation plant will be started soon, he added.
While responding to a query on the allegation of mismanagement of funds meant for the WTP projects, Natung informed that the department is using funds judiciously. Half of the funds meant for the project out of at least Rs 30 crore has been used by the department for the basic formation of the project and the rest of the fund will be used for the laying of pipelines in the whole Seppa township. The main intake of the WTP is at least 12 km away from the town, asserted the Minister.
Further, he also condemned the attack on Sol Dodum by the miscreants and informed that the police is investigating the case. Earlier, local MLA Tapuk Taku also appealed to the people to cooperate with the department in laying the pipelines.
"Now the department has already assured to complete the project within a month if the public allows them to lay the pipelines from their locality. So, it is also our responsibility to extend our help for the welfare of the Seppa," he stated.
Among others, Secretary PHED&WS Rinchin Tashi, Chief Engineer-PHED & WS Toko Jyoti, president ANSU Nabam Dodum, vice president-NES, and others also spoke on the occasion.
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