GUWAHATI, Feb 13 � The Bidyanagar area of Jalukbari is within one kilometre from the southern bank of Brahmaputra river under South-West Guwahati Water Supply project. But the area is suffering from acute scarcity of potable drinking water.
Even ring wells and tubewells do not work in this area. Residents of the area are forced to dig borewells, which is a very expensive affair. Those who cannot afford to dig borewells have to depend upon their neighbours for drinking water. The plight of the people was narrated by several elderly persons in a meeting organised by the Guwahati Water Supply Project in Bidyapur area on February 12 to create awareness on the upcoming project. The project officials informed the people that this drinking water problem will soon be solved as all the lanes and by lanes of the entire Guwahati Metropolitan Area will have 24 hours potable water supply with adequate pressure.
The Assam government has taken this public welfare initiative to eradicate the day to day drinking water related problem of Guwahatians. Now Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority is implementing the Guwahati Water Supply Project for providing state-of-the-art drinking water facilities to the people of Guwahati. After completion of this project it will be maintained by Guwahati Jal Board, which is under the state government.
A documentary film on the project was shown at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a powerpoint presentation, describing the project details.
In the meeting, people mainly raised their concern about non-coverage of pipe lines in the by- lanes of the area. The project officials present at the meeting assured the public that pipe line will be laid in all the Guwahati Metropolitan areas, where it has not been laid yet. People also enquired about the project completion schedule, water meter, monthly user fee, etc. The project officials answered all the queries of the public.
The people were told that they can call the project customer care center number 1800-345-3615 (toll free) on all working days between 10am to 5 pm to get any information regarding the project.