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Non-release of fund delays GSWSS, Assembly told


SHILLONG: PHE Minister, Samlin Malngiang   on Thursday told the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly that the phase III of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme (GSWSS) was delayed due to the non release of funds from the Central Government.

Replying to a motion moved  by MLA SK Sunn to discuss the water supply position in the State capital and District headquarters, Malngiang  said that the project could not be expedited due to non-release  of funds

He said that the  4th installment of the project was released on February 10,  2016  after a gap of four years which delayed the project  even as he added that the Central  Government earlier not only delayed but also deducted Rs 1741.48  lakh from the project since the State Government could not implement the reforms of the JNNURM under which Municipal  elections were to be held in the state.

Earlier, he said that the phase III of the project was sanctioned in the year  2008    with a funding of Rs  193.49  crores.

According to the PHE minister, the phase I  of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme  was sanctioned in the year  1979  to cater to four urban centres of the Shillong town

He also added that  the Phase I and II of the project   generated 51.30 MLD including   34.05 MLD under Phase I and 17.25 MLD  under Phase II.

The Project Phase I AND  envisages pumping of water directly from the run-off the River Umiew and has a capacity to generate and supply 34.05 MLD.

With a view to augment the water supply to areas covered by GSWSP (Phase I & II) and with a view to provide coverage to the remaining 3 uncovered Urban Centres of Shillong, GSWSP (Phase III) which was accorded sanction by the Government is now under implementation.

Earlier, Nongthymmai MLA, Charles Pyngrope  said that  water supply was erratic in his constituency though the constituency was covered under the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme

He said that water is not reaching many localities  as  distribution system had outlived its life span and pipes were rusted  and needed immediate repairing.

South Tura MLA, Agatha Sangma who also participated in the discussion urged the Government  to focus on rain water harvesting even as she added that  women often faced lot of problems because of water scarcity and in many parts of the country, women have spent 3-4  hours of daily to fetch water.

She also urged the Speaker to provide water filter in the Assembly so that the MLAs don’t need to use water from plastic bottle.

Earlier, while referring to the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme (Phase I, II and III),  Mawphlang MLA SK Sunn highlighted the lack of coordination of the PWD and PHE departments in ensuring unhindered supply of safe drinking water in the city.

Sunn  also  called upon the line departments to cooperate so as to ensure that work was completed soon. He stated that the scheme which was already in place for New Shillong Township needed be implemented at the earliest.

Supporting the motion, Mawsynram legislator of the Congress HM Shangpliang said that it was an irony that he represented a constituency which was known to be the wettest place on earth but facts remain that there was water everywhere but not a drop to drink.

He also lamented that people in some areas along the Indo Bangla border  in his constituency till date were forced to drink water from the nearby ponds.

Other members who took part in the discussion includes – Chief Whip of the ruling party  are Nongkrem legislator Lambor Malngiang, Rangsakona legislator Zenith Sangma, Mawlai MLA PT Sawkmie, East Shillong MLA Ampareen Lyngdoh, Umsning MLA George Lyngdoh, and North Tura MLA Thomas A Sangma.




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