GUWAHATI, June 25 � Impasse over the relaying of a water supply mainline from the Satpukhuri Water Supply Plant of the Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) resulted in the sufferings of hundreds of ratepayer families of Silpukhuri, Pub-Sarania, Navagiri Path, Rajgarh Road, etc., areas since June 5.
On June 5, one of the two water supply mainlines in Satpukhuri area was damaged by an incident of landslide that occurred on the northern fringe of the Raj Bhawan Road.
The GMC has two tanks and two mainlines for supplying water to the ratepayers of Uzanbazar, Silpukhuri, Pub-Sarania etc areas. One of them runs straight from the Satpukhuri octagonal tank, while the second one runs from near the Belle View Hotel complex. The June 5 incident affected the second line.
GMC sources said that this line has now been proposed to be shifted towards the southern side of the road.
In the meantime, a request has been placed with the PWD authorities to grant permission for relaying this line across the Raj Bhawan Road by digging a stretch of around 300 metres.
The permission from the PWD authorities for the purpose has been awaited and as soon as the permission is obtained, the line could be laid in a war-footing manner, GMC sources said.
The June 5 incident has also affected water supply to the areas between Uzanbazar and Silpukhuri. The pressure in the mainline running from the octagonal tank could not be maintained and the duration of supply has also been curtailed to about two hours from the earlier three to four hours, GMC sources said.
PWD sources said that as the road is a vital one connecting the Raj Bhawan with the rest of the country, in no case permission to dig the road could be accorded.
The PWD has asked the GMC authorities to re-lay the damaged supply line by the northern fringe of the road and it has expressed its willingness to bear the expenses required for the purpose.
The PWD is sending one of its executive engineers to talk to the GMC Commissioner to settle the issue, said the PWD sources.