- Others claim undue credit
- Water from AKVN still continue to cost high
Meghnagar:In this summer season, the people of the town faced severe shortage of drinking water. Then few days ago, Janpad Panchayat, Gram-panchayat and AKVN authorities reached to an agreement. According to which, Janpad released Rs. 5 lakhs to the Gram Panchayat and the amount was paid by Gram Panchayat to AKVN. After getting that amount, AKVN restarted the water supply to the town from their filter plant for once in a week. Gram-panchayat expects that, afterwards people may get water once in five days; but it will be three times costlier for the Panchayat.
For the solution of drinking water problem the efforts were done mainly by Janpad CEO NS Naik, former sarpanch Natwar Bamnia and secretary Ramratan Kandara. A meeting was organized, in which all the officials concerned formulated a system of drinking water supply. But, after these long efforts and obtaining a partial solution, many other persons are trying to get credit of this good news. However, it should be clear to all people that, AKVN agreed to supply water only after getting payment and in near future too, the town will get water at the increased rates, decided by AKVN.
There is enough water in the Anas River, but there is only one filter plant, situated in AKVN premises. The river water is filtered and made potable at this filter plant. Then, it is supplied to the industries of Meghnagar and also to the residents, after due payment. Earlier, AKVN was supplying water at the rate of Rs. 6 per thousand-liter water; but in 2013, AKVN increased these rates to Rs. 18. Hence, the Gram-panchayat became unable to pay, at the increased rates.
Moreover, the previously supplied water by AKVN was also charged at the increased rates and along with the late payment surcharge, the dues amounted to Rs. 29 lakhs. Then, because of this much due amount, AKVN had stopped the water supply, this was the main reason of the water problem. Now, after this part payment of the bill, AKVN restarted the supply with long intervals, that too with showing some sympathy towards public.