GUWAHATI, Nov 23 - Guwahati Metropolitan Development Agency (GMDA) Chairman Dhiren Barua today formally declared open a deep tubewell water supply scheme at the campus of Baghorbori Asomi Mahila Samiti in the presence of a distinguished gathering.
The meeting held on the occasion was presided over by senior journalist DN Chakravartty.
Dr Chandraprabha Bhuyan, secretary of the Mahila Samiti, explained the purpose of the meeting, while Urmila Chakravartty, president of the Mahila Samiti welcomed the guests and explained the history and activities of the Samiti since its inception in 1978.
Barua, in his inaugural address, said that two water supply schemes � Chandmari Engineering Institute field project and Chattrakar Mangalchandi and Arikatibasti project � had already been commissioned and that with the commissioning of the Panjabari project 10 thousand people would benefit.
The fourth water supply project at Jatiya, with an identical capacity, will be inaugurated at Jatiya, Kahilipara. Barua said that while the bigger schemes already under implementation under Xika would benefit a larger part of the city, smaller projects like the one at Panjabari would also be considered important to fill the vacuum.
Paban Kumar Barthakur, Principal Secretary to the Government of Assam, in his speech said that a basic duty of a welfare state was to provide drinking water to the citizens. �As such, occasions like the one at Panjabari would be considered important for the life of the people in a welfare state,� he added.
Anurag Singh, CEO, GMDA, in his speech, thanked the people for their cooperation and expressed the hope that with proper management, the scheme would be able to fulfil its purpose.
Chakravartty, in his presidential remarks, said that right from the days of the Ramayana, including the Ashokan era, Indian history was replete with glorious instances of how past kings and emperors of India considered supply of drinking water as a primary task of the administration.