GUWAHATI, April 30 - Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today took stock of the progress of ongoing construction work of the Greater Guwahati Water Supply Project being implemented by JICA and directed the agency to commission the first phase of the project before October this year.
Sonowal, during his visit to the project site at Ramsa Hills and Kharghuli, asked the agency to complete the remaining portion of the project on a war-footing.
Minister for Guwahati Development Department Siddhartha Bhattacharjya accompanied the Chief Minister during the visit.
The Chief Minister while visiting Ramsa Hills, reviewed the progress of construction of the largest water reservoir of the project, which is 81 metres long and 61 metres wide with a storage capacity of 1.4 crore litres of water. He also visited the intake point of the project which is being constructed at Kharghuli on the bank of the Brahmaputra to draw water from the river.
Interacting with officials of GDD and JICA, Sonowal stressed the need for maintaining uninterrupted water supply to the project during winter.
He advised the authorities concerned to look into the matter and even examine the need for dredging the Brahmaputra at the intake point to maintain flow of water. He also asked them to take suggestions from experts of IIT, Guwahati if required on the matter. He express hope that full commissioning of the project would help in solving the long-standing water woes of Guwahatians.