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GUWAHATI, April 28 � After initial setbacks due to fund crunch and problems in land acquisition, the much awaited South Guwahati (West) Water Supply Project is all set to provide potable water to seven lakh Guwahatians from the beginning of 2016.

Though started in 2009 under the JNNURM scheme of the Central government, the project, like the other ambitious water supply projects of Guwahati, kept missing deadlines due to one reason or the other. However, the project team and its implementing authority GMDA are now hopeful that the project would be commissioned in September this year and after a few months of trial run, treated water with adequate pressure would reach households of southwest Guwahati from December-January next.

The extended project is worth Rs 355.31 crore, of which the State government was to bear an expenditure of Rs 74.37 crore due to some revisions in the project. Still, the project is facing a fund crunch as the Central government has held back some amount due to non-implementation of some of the JNNURM reforms.

The State government on the other hand, also has to bear the additional cost of the project, which is Rs 34 crore. In total, the project is now facing a fund crunch of nearly Rs 55 crore.

The GMDA today took a team of public representatives and media persons to the project site. Public activists Deven Dutta, Dhirendranath Chakravartty, Ajoy Dutta, Pradip Kakati, Satyen Doloi among others interacted with the representatives of executing contractors Gammon India Limited and project management consultant Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited.

The project team and the GMDA chairman Dhiren Baruah, however, assured that 90 per cent work has been completed and the water supply plant would be in a position to start the trial run from September this year.

With a capacity of 107 million litres per day (MLD) the project would be able to cater to seven lakh people immediately. With a pipeline length of 500 kilometres and eight reservoirs, it is one of the biggest gravity-based projects of eastern India. Dedicated power supply lines would ensure 24x7 electricity supply to the site.

Nearly 40 per cent of central Guwahati�s population would also be included in the project through a diversion scheme. This module would be operational till central Guwahati�s water supply project comes into being.

Deven Dutta while expressing dissatisfaction over the unwarranted delay in the project, said that delay due to the problems in land hand-over by the Railways, Kamakhya Debuttar Board, etc., could have been avoided with a proper survey and planning. It needs mention here that obtaining the �right of way (ROW)� permission from the NF Railway and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) was a major cause of delay.

The public representatives also raised the issue of delay in releasing funds by the State government for completing the work on time.

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Water supply project to be ready by Sept

GUWAHATI, April 28 � After initial setbacks due to fund crunch and problems in land acquisition, the much awaited South Guwahati (West) Water Supply Project is all set to provide potable water to seven lakh Guwahatians from the beginning of 2016.

Though started in 2009 under the JNNURM scheme of the Central government, the project, like the other ambitious water supply projects of Guwahati, kept missing deadlines due to one reason or the other. However, the project team and its implementing authority GMDA are now hopeful that the project would be commissioned in September this year and after a few months of trial run, treated water with adequate pressure would reach households of southwest Guwahati from December-January next.

The extended project is worth Rs 355.31 crore, of which the State government was to bear an expenditure of Rs 74.37 crore due to some revisions in the project. Still, the project is facing a fund crunch as the Central government has held back some amount due to non-implementation of some of the JNNURM reforms.

The State government on the other hand, also has to bear the additional cost of the project, which is Rs 34 crore. In total, the project is now facing a fund crunch of nearly Rs 55 crore.

The GMDA today took a team of public representatives and media persons to the project site. Public activists Deven Dutta, Dhirendranath Chakravartty, Ajoy Dutta, Pradip Kakati, Satyen Doloi among others interacted with the representatives of executing contractors Gammon India Limited and project management consultant Tahal Consulting Engineers Limited.

The project team and the GMDA chairman Dhiren Baruah, however, assured that 90 per cent work has been completed and the water supply plant would be in a position to start the trial run from September this year.

With a capacity of 107 million litres per day (MLD) the project would be able to cater to seven lakh people immediately. With a pipeline length of 500 kilometres and eight reservoirs, it is one of the biggest gravity-based projects of eastern India. Dedicated power supply lines would ensure 24x7 electricity supply to the site.

Nearly 40 per cent of central Guwahati�s population would also be included in the project through a diversion scheme. This module would be operational till central Guwahati�s water supply project comes into being.

Deven Dutta while expressing dissatisfaction over the unwarranted delay in the project, said that delay due to the problems in land hand-over by the Railways, Kamakhya Debuttar Board, etc., could have been avoided with a proper survey and planning. It needs mention here that obtaining the �right of way (ROW)� permission from the NF Railway and the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) was a major cause of delay.

The public representatives also raised the issue of delay in releasing funds by the State government for completing the work on time.