Patna HC seeks status report on water supply in Gaya – Times of India

Abdul Qadir | TNN | Updated: Nov 29, 2016, 12.34 PM IST
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GAYA: The Patna high court on Monday directed the state government to submit within two weeks the status report on the steps taken to provide piped water to the town residents. Earlier, the court had given six months time to the government to take effective steps to end the perennial water crisis and allied problems.

During the hearing of a PIL filed by social organization ‘Pratijyna’ on water supply in Gaya, the bench comprising acting Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and Justice Vikas Jain was told by the petitioner’s lawyer Brajesh Kumar that the government did nothing even after the expiry of the court’s six months deadline.

As per estimates, only 40% of the nearly 100,000 holdings within the municipal area have got access to municipal water. Even these holdings do not get regular supply. Old pipes having innumerable leakages suck mud and drain effluents and people are forced to consume that water, which makes them vulnerable to waterborne diseases.

Besides the contaminated water issue, the PIL is about non-inclusion of several colonies and other residential areas in the municipal water system even though the civic body realizes holding tax from the residents of these localities. As the water board uses Falgu riverbed to supply water through its network, it gets contaminated because sewage enters the river and there is no treatment plant.

The PIL also alleged that the government has not fulfilled its promise to ensure comprehensive water supply to the town with the help of Asian Development Bank funds.

The petitioner has demanded an inquiry into the execution of the 2007 water supply scheme for the AP Colony area of the town, as the project has not been executed as per the plan and major deviations have been made thereby, leaving aside several areas out of the supply network and other anomalies have come to public notice. “The state government has done little beyond formally blacklisting the firm which was awarded the contract,” the petitioner said.

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