GUWAHATI, Sept 6 - As part of its public awareness programme, the Guwahati Jal Board organised two public meetings earlier this week.
One of the meetings was organised at the Ujjal Nagar Namghar for residents of Ujjal Nagar, Tiwa Nagar, Kailashpur and adjacent areas, while another meeting was held at the Srimanta Shankar Kristi Kendra at Mathuranagar for residents of that locality, said a statement here today.
During the meetings, attended by hundreds of people, local residents voiced their concern about acute shortage of drinking water.
They said that people across the city, mostly those residing in hill areas, were vulnerable to the problem and were spending a lot of money every month on drinking water.
They said that it was now highly essential for the government to solve this problem on a priority basis as soon as possible by speeding up the ongoing Guwahati Water Supply Project.
Officials present at both the meetings assured the people gathered that to overcome the age-old drinking water problem of Guwahati, the State government had started a water supply project, by which all the people of the city would be provided 24-hour potable piped water at their doorsteps with adequate pressure.
They said the government had taken this initiative to eradicate the day-to-day drinking water-related problem of residents of the city.
Officials said that the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) was implementing four new water supply projects in this regard.
After completion of these projects, water supply services, along with operation and maintenance for the whole city will be managed by the Guwahati Jal Board. The project officials also appealed for public cooperation for successful implementation of pipe laying and other subsidiary works.
A documentary film of the project was screened at the beginning of the meetings, followed by a power point presentation describing the project details.
People present at the meetings also expressed their concern over the road restoration process after pipe laying work. The residents also wanted to know about the registration fee for the new water supply connection and the overall completion period of the water supply project.