Bhopal: A project to supply water to the city from the Sindh River is hanging fire for the past several years. Every time the residents approach people’s representatives or government officials to know about the progress of the implementation of the scheme, they get only assurances and promises in return. Tired of the long wait, the ‘Public Parliament – Aap Aur Hum’ launched the ‘Sindh Jal Aawahan Yatra’ from Tatyatope Shaheed Smarak to the Madikheda dam. The Yatris filled pitchers of water from the Sindh River and performed Abhishek of Lord Shiva with it at the Siddheshwar Temple and prayed to the Lord to give wisdom to the government, the administration and the company which has been given the contract for execution of the project. The Yatra was accorded a tumultuous welcome by the Om Namah Shivay Mission, Kattha Mill. At Satanwada, Sunrise College management offered tea and water to the Yatris. At the Madikheda Dam, lunch was arranged for the protestors by the residents. The Yatris were raising the slogan “Sindh ka paani lana hai, Shivpuri ko bachana hai”.
Assurances won’t do, we want water
Addressing the protestors, Pramod Mishra, member of Public Parliament said that the ‘Jal Kranti’ was initially launched in 2015, which lasted for 25 days. Every single citizen of the city had joined the protest with the result that the message reached right up to Bhopal and Delhi. After that the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had given an assurance that the work on the project will be completed within six months and that the water will reach Shivpuri. But two years down the line, the project was still languishing. “It is a matter of life and death for us and we will not rest till the water of Sindh started flowing in the pipelines laid in the city”, Mishra said.
Water will reach Satwada within 10 days: Project Manager
At Madikheda dam, the members of the Public Parliament reached the Intake Well and enquired from the project manager Vijayvargiya about the progress of the project. He said that the company was facing problems in laying the pipelines in the National Park area. He said that the work would be completed within the next days and water from the Intake Well will reach Satwada.