Ghatani asks PHE to resolve water supply shortage in Jorethang

Gangtok, 06 Aug (IPR):

Minister, IPR & Health, AK Ghatani, also the MLA of Salghari Zoom Constituency, convened a meeting of senior officials of Roads & Bridges and PHE Department today to seek a permanent solution to the ongoing water crisis in Jorethang, South Sikkim. He stated that concerned Departments should ensure that adequate manpower and resources should be ascertained to solve the issue.

Chief Engineer, Water Supply & PHE Department, SK Karkidoli explained that the recurring problem of shortage of water in Jorethang and adjoining areas is due to the frequent damage at two of the existing four sources due to landslides. He said that only two are functioning while the other two are not in use because of unstable land issues and various other natural setbacks.

He however informed that the Department is in the final stages of creating the fifth source, which he said would aid in improving the situation. He further informed the Minister that two Assistant Engineers would be immediately stationed at Jorethang till the water sources are restored and there is no shortage.

During monsoon the problem of water shortage persists and thus the Minister directed for additional manpower if need be. As per the meeting two Assistant Engineers namely PrincelaNamkha (PHED) and KhemrajDhakal (Roads and Bridges Department) were asked to be stationed at Jorethangto resolve the water crisis in the area and especially during monsoon time when the problem is most frequent.

Minister MrGhatani directed the officials of Roads and Bridges Department to ensure that all water supply lines along the roads leading from Jorethang to Rock Garden and vicinity are repaired at the earliest. He urged the officers to give highest priority to public convenience and also categorically pointed out that the Department should give continuity to all construction, repair and upgradation works without the public facing any kind of inconvenience.

The Minister further directed the officers to make immediate provision for filtering of water to make it suitable for drinking and planting of transformer so that it aids in sorting out the water problem. He suggested that nodal officers should be appointed to overlook the work being done and said that AEs and JEs should be in station for the convenience of the common people at all times. In the end, he called for proper coordination between the PHE and R&B Departments while implementing any civil work.

The meeting was attended by Chief Engineer, WS&PHE Department, SK Karkidoli, Director IPR Department, TashiChophel, SE, R&B Department, JW Bhutia, SE WS&PHE Department, RajdeepRai, DE WS&PHE Department, Ramesh Subba, and DE R&B Department, Dig V. Sharma, and officers of IPR Department.