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Fund crunch hits Jal Board water supply

By City Correspondent

GUWAHATI, Aug 10 - Even though it is miles to go for the State government to provide uninterrupted supply of water to every household of Guwahati city, the flow of adequate funds to keep the existing machinery of the water supply running has already stopped, posing serious trouble to lakhs of city dwellers.

According to a Guwahati Jal Board source, recently the Board had submitted a proposal to the State government to procure some spare parts to repair its existing water supply machinery, but the proposal was turned down.

�The government did not sanction the fund and finally on August 6 one of our water pumps developed severe snags. Due to this supply of water has remained affected for the last few days,� the source told The Assam Tribune.

The Jal Board has two water pumps of 300 HP capacities each. The defunct pump is now under repair at a city-based workshop.

�The pump will be repaired by Sunday evening and will start operating from Monday. We need another two pumps with the same capacity as stand-bys to tackle such crises as the currently operating pump is also in critical condition,� the source said.

The Guwahati Jal Board supplies water every day in RG Baruah Road area during morning hours, in Sarumotoria and Dispur areas during midday hours and in Jatia and Christian Basti areas during the evening hours.

But due to lack of one machine, it is providing water in a specific area on every alternative day, which is causing immense problems for people during these hot summer days.

The Jal Board supplies water to around 7,300 households of the city comprising a population of around 64,000 individuals. Every month the Board earns about Rs 35 lakh as revenue.

The source added that frequent power cuts also cause immense problems in the supply of water as the pump needs around one hour to start operating after every power cut.

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Fund crunch hits Jal Board water supply

GUWAHATI, Aug 10 - Even though it is miles to go for the State government to provide uninterrupted supply of water to every household of Guwahati city, the flow of adequate funds to keep the existing machinery of the water supply running has already stopped, posing serious trouble to lakhs of city dwellers.

According to a Guwahati Jal Board source, recently the Board had submitted a proposal to the State government to procure some spare parts to repair its existing water supply machinery, but the proposal was turned down.

�The government did not sanction the fund and finally on August 6 one of our water pumps developed severe snags. Due to this supply of water has remained affected for the last few days,� the source told The Assam Tribune.

The Jal Board has two water pumps of 300 HP capacities each. The defunct pump is now under repair at a city-based workshop.

�The pump will be repaired by Sunday evening and will start operating from Monday. We need another two pumps with the same capacity as stand-bys to tackle such crises as the currently operating pump is also in critical condition,� the source said.

The Guwahati Jal Board supplies water every day in RG Baruah Road area during morning hours, in Sarumotoria and Dispur areas during midday hours and in Jatia and Christian Basti areas during the evening hours.

But due to lack of one machine, it is providing water in a specific area on every alternative day, which is causing immense problems for people during these hot summer days.

The Jal Board supplies water to around 7,300 households of the city comprising a population of around 64,000 individuals. Every month the Board earns about Rs 35 lakh as revenue.

The source added that frequent power cuts also cause immense problems in the supply of water as the pump needs around one hour to start operating after every power cut.