Health Minister holds meet with CE, SE of Water Dept over Jorethang’s water crisis

Gangtok, 10 Jul [IPR]:

A meeting with regard to water supply problems in Jorethang was held between Health & IPR Minister, AK Ghatani, who is also the Area MLA of Salghari-Zoom Constituency, and Chief Engineer and Superintending Engineer [South/West], Water Security & Public Health Engineering Department, at his chamber today.

The issue of water crisis in Jorethang was discussed at length wherein the CE explained that out of town sources of water for Jorethang, the main source of Rothak is non functional owing to landscaping of the Nayabazaar-Legship Road due to the ongoing repair work. The three water sources namely Rungdung source, Rinzey source and Chharchharey source were functioning well but due to the monsoon season and occurrence of landslides on the upper lying areas of the three sources, there were instances of murky water being delivered to the Water Treatment Plan [WTP].

He said that the department is treating the water before supplying it to the consumers and the water shortage faced by the public is mostly due to the breakage of the supply due to landslides at the raw water mains. The issue of installing a transformer to the WTP for pumping treated water to Gairi Gaon was also discussed whereby the Minister assured to provide all the support for installation.

The CE said that pipes for establishment at the Rothak Source have already reached the field but due to the landscaping of the road being repaired, there will be some delay till the completion of back cutting and repair work to move further about 5 kms. Till then temporarily inflow of water in the mornings and evenings for 1-2 hrs to meet the needs of the public has been provided. He also mentioned that additional man power will be deployed especially for Jorethang town.

Another issue discussed was about the repair and rehabilitation of old existing pressure filter at RMDD area supplying water to the east bazaar area and part of Mazigaon area. The CE informed that once the old pressure filter is repaired the issue of water to the above mentioned areas would also be solved. The estimate of which has already been procured for approval.

The Minister directed the department and the contractor to complete these tasks as soon as possible and to enhance manpower of the department while repairing WTP and installing the transformer at the earliest. He also demanded for the map comprising the details of impacted area and directed for immediate action.

The Minister also contacted the PHE Minister and Secretary who in turn deputed the officials to coordinate on the matter immediately.

The meeting concluded with assurances of expediting necessary solutions for the water issue prevalent in Jorethang .