Guwahati, March 13: Drinking water supply for Guwahatians has been a major problem over decades and for solving these many water supply schemes were introduced but even after so long the solution to the problem still seems to be a distant dream as the major water supply schemes are yet to be completed.
Most of the schemes have missed the deadline completion due to the non-performance of the contractors but now the government has decided to take immediate steps to complete them within a specific time.
Four water supply schemes were introduced for the city but these are yet to be completed. These schemes are still under construction stage at various places in the state and have taken a lot more time than the completion of the schemes were actually planned.
The execution of the schemes are being undertaken by various companies but none were completed as per the estimated time as per the work order.
GDD Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma stated that the South West Guwahati Water Supply Project under the JnNURM was started on March 18, 2009, and was scheduled to be completed by the year 2011 with a project cost of Rs 389.54 crore but till date it has not been completed. The minister in his written reply stated 95.12 percent have been completed and it will be completed by March 2019.
The second project ADB Assisted South-East Drinking Water Project started on May 30, 2013, with a budget of Rs 146.90 crore and was scheduled to be completed by 2019 but the minister informed that since the work by the contractor was not satisfactory, the contract was canceled.
Similarly the other two projects, JICA assisted South Central Guwahati Water Supply Project and JICA assisted North Guwahati Water Supply Project which started in the year 2011-12 and were supposed to be completed within 28 months but till date it has not been completed. As per the minister’s answer, these two projects will be completed by 2020 which is a delay of almost 5 years.
Himanta Biswa Sarma stated this at the Assam Assembly floor replying to the questions by MLA Siddhartha Bhattacharya.