GUWAHATI, March 2 - The Mahanagar Unnayan Samiti, Guwahati, while expressing concern at the lack of adequate supply of drinking water in the capital city, has insisted that the authorities take steps to ensure supply of potable water to all citizens and provide 500 litres of water free of cost to each family.
The Samiti, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, GMDA, GMC, PHE and other authorities concerned, has demanded that all the present water supply schemes be improved for the benefit of the consumers.
The Samiti said that the GMC and Assam Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board have just covered a few areas and families in most areas have been compelled to spend hefty sums on buying drinking water.
�Bowing to public demand, the Public Health Engineering Department has implemented a few small water supply schemes on the fringe areas of the city which are being managed by the local people. Though these have benefited the public, several problems have surfaced with the passage of time,� the Samiti pointed out, adding that lack of reservoirs, damaged pipelines, high electricity bills etc., are some of the problems that have affected these small water supply schemes.
It also called for repair of all the pipelines damaged on account of road construction or any other factor, upgradation of the water supply schemes in densely populated areas, completion of all schemes that are being undertaken at the earliest and supply of water regularly through GMC tankers in the areas affected by the crisis.