GUWAHATI: Of the 8,256 'Piped Water (drinking) Supply Schemes' (PWSS) completed up to February 2020 across Assam, 27.91 per cent (or 2,305) are not in working condition. Besides, of the 9,640 PWS approved schemes, work is still on in 1,384 such other schemes undertaken and monitored by the PHE (Public Health Engineering) department.
What is more, a few divisions of the department have more non-functional or defunct schemes than the functional ones. This has been reflected in the latest report (2020-2021) of a Standing Committee of the Assam Legislative Assembly. The committee in its report recommended that all the defunct schemes be rectified at the earliest.
The highest number of defunct schemes as against the completed ones (division-wise) is as follows: Dhubri (107 of 184 completed PWS schemes); Rangia (105 of 161); Tinsukia (97 of 184); Karimganj-II (81 of 134); Bokakhat (78 of 138); Morigaon (72 of 129).
Due to power cuts following non-payment of bills and failure to correct various technical problems at the proper time often lead to such issues, informed sources.
Of course, the following PHE divisions have more of functional PWS schemes than the non-functional ones: Hailakandi (298 of 300); Guwahati-II (24 of 29); Jorhat (278 functional of 325 completed PWS schemes); Hojai (124 of 166) and Guwahati-I (598 of 783).