GUWAHATI, Sept 15 - The project team of the Guwahati Jal Board (GJB) organised a public meeting at Garoghuli Yuva Sangha, Garchuk, near Delhi Public School yesterday to raise awareness among the local residents regarding the ongoing water supply project works in the city.
�The officials concerned of the Guwahati Water Supply Project, present in the meeting, assured the public that the Government of Assam, in order to overcome the age-old drinking water problem of Guwahati, has started a water supply project through which all the people of Guwahati will be provided 24 hours of piped water supply service at their doorsteps with adequate pressure,� said a statement issued today.
It said that the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is implementing four new water supply projects to provide state-of-the-art drinking water facilities to the people of Guwahati.
After completion of these projects, water supply services along with operation and maintenance for the whole city will be managed by the GJB.
�The project officials also appealed for public cooperation for the successful implementation of pipe laying and other subsidiary construction works,� said the statement.
It added that a documentary film on the project was screened at the beginning of the meeting, followed by a powerpoint presentation describing the project details.
�People present in the meeting expressed their concern over the project completion period and also about the tariff structure. The residents also wanted to know the registration fee for the new water supply connection. The local community key persons, along with a huge number of people, mainly women, were present in the meeting. They welcomed this kind of awareness activity and assured to provide support and cooperation for the smooth implementation of the project in their area,� it said.�
The statement added, �Most of the residents of Guwahati are now facing an acute shortage of drinking water. Moreover, the drinking water condition on the outskirts of the city is more poor. Despite the existing three water supply services, the residents of Guwahati are spending a huge amount of money on buying drinking water. To solve this persistent drinking water problem, the project authorities of the ongoing Guwahati Water Supply Project are trying hard to complete the project within the stipulated time frame.�
The administration has been holding regular public awareness meetings at various localities in recent days to brief the local residents on the project.