Water crisis to become a key poll issue in Jamshedpur

  • | Sunday | 31st March, 2019

But due to depletion of the water table, not many pumps are working properly,” Md. Jamshedpur: The supply of water is set to become a major poll issue in Steel City , with a population of over five lakh reeling under water crisis Residents in Bagbera Dimna , among other areas, on the periphery of Tata Steel command area, are suffering from an acute shortage of water.“Our woes begin with the arrival of summer and continue till the middle of monsoon. Wasim Siddique, a resident of Purulia Road in Mango, rued.He said in the last 15 years, no MP visited the slum areas to enquire about the water crisis that locals have been facing consistently.“Voters should ask political parties and their candidates why there has been no durable solution to eliminate the problem of water shaortage in Jamshedpur,” school teacher Kiranjot Bhatia said. As a result, lakhs of people are staring at a water crisis this year too,” Supriyo Paul, a resident of Pursudih and a trader, said.He added that all the candidates in the fray from the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat will have to face difficult questions regarding water woes.People living in slums in Mango, Dimna, Paradih and Bhilaipahari, among other places, within Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), said Mango drinking water project can be expanded to address the issue of water shortage.“People living in the slums of MNAC are largely dependent on hand pumps for water. It’s a problem that has never received any concrete solution,” P K Mishra, a resident of Bagbera and a government school teacher, said.S K Jha, also a resident of the same locality, said that in spite of multiple assurances from the state government, the much-hyped Bagbera Gramin Jalapurti Yojna and Chota Govindpur Jalapurti Yojna have failed to become operational.“Petty issues kept hindering the Rs 237-crore World Bank-aided water projects.

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