Water Crisis In Guwahati East Assembly Constituency Continues
Despite being the only complete urban constituency, localities of the Guwahati East region is facing water crisis since several months now
GUWAHATI : Issue of water crisis in Guwahati East assembly constituency has still not ended. Several regions under the constituency have been facing water crisis for some months now. This is a result of non-fulfilment of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) promise to supply potable water in these localities from existing reservoirs.
GMC recognises this issue as some sort of technical hitch. It is to be noted that, despite being the only urban constituency in the state, Guwahati East regions has been a victim of several issues, including lack of motorable roads and extreme shortage of water.
The Guwahati Jal Board, which is operating the South Central Guwahati Water Project, is miserably failing to provide household water connections to the families in these areas. The worst-affected localities also include Amiyanagar and Rudranagar in Chandmari.
The project started way back in 2009 is yet to commissioned. 3,000 households were supposed to get access to water supply in the first phase of the project.
However, people in these areas have already applied for the water connection, along with an application fee, a couple months ago but no changes have been made till date. One of the resident from Rudranagar area informed that, the water supply was regular till the month of March but after the massive landslide in Navagraha hill, the water reservoir stopped working from the month of May.
For two consecutive months, people had to rely on pits and borewells. Irregularities has been occurring since then. She further stated that, in November, a survey was conducted in the locality by the Jal Board. But no development has been made till now.
As per the GMC data, only 3 lakh households have access to potable drinking water, that indicates 30% of the cities total population. The rest of the families has to completely depend on borewells or private water supplies.
According to sources, water supply will be fully operated by the Jal Board in the next one year, as GMC is slowly withdrawing from providing potable water in these regions.
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