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Displaced pipes adding to water woes of Kharghuli residents

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, June 28 - The landslide-induced displacement of water pipes in the Kharghuli area today added to the potable water woes of the citizens here.

The citizens of Guwahati have been reeling under acute water crisis due to damaged water machine at the Satpukhuri water treatment plant, the repair of which is still going on for the last 14 days.

Nearly 500 households in the Kharghuli area depend on the water supply through the GMC water supply pipeline.

All this has resulted in disruption in the water supply at Chandmari, Chandmari Colony, Kharghuli, Noonmati, Silpukhuri and the surrounding areas in the last two months.

A GMC official said, �It is likely to affect 1,000 people residing in Kailashpur. Our workers will engage from tomorrow to fix it. The lockdown, waterlogging and landslides added more difficulties to the corporation this time.�

However, GMC assured of water supply through water tankers in these areas from tomorrow.

Kamal Das, a resident of Kailashpur, said, �We do not have any alternative arrangements like tubewells. We are dependent on piped water. We don�t have even water to take bath.�

The GMC claims that water has been supplied to the affected areas with the remaining mechanism from the Satpukhuri water plant. However, the corporation is still unsure about the deadline for the completion of the repair of the damaged machine.

But several people said they got water just once in the last three days and that too for less than 10 minutes.

Nayan Bhuyan, another resident, said the authorities concerned must soon complete the ongoing water projects which started years ago.

Three mega water projects are under construction in the city � West Guwahati Water Supply Project, South Central Guwahati Water Supply Project and Central Guwahati Water Supply Project.

The three projects together will have the capacity to treat 396-MLD (millions of litre per day) water, which will provide drinking water to the entire city, a source said.

The three projects will be completed by 2021, though the deadline was 2017.

Sources in the GMC said less than 30 per cent of the over 15-lakh population in the city receive piped drinking water.

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