SHILLONG, May 12: Much to the relief of the residents of Shillong who have been facing water shortages, the PHE Minister, Prestone Tynsong informed that an amount of Rs. 18 crores is all that stads in the way of the completion of the highly anticipated Phase III of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme.
“The process of laying the pipelines is going on and we have now reached Laitjem and are proceeding towards Upper Shillong,” Tynsong informed here on Friday.
With process involving dismantling of the pavement and restoration at the same time, he said that the department is in close contact with the PWD department for its support and cooperation to ensure successful completion of the project.
“This is because every meter (for laying of the pipes) needed to be sorted out in the spot and until the NOC is given by the PWD, the work cannot be taken up,” he said.
The Minister also informed that under the project, the distribution lines have been divided into 12 Zones.
According to him, Zonal Reservoirs will also be set up in 12 places which include Iewduh, Mawlai, Laitkor, Golflink, Mawpat, Laban, Malki and others.
Stating that the project would cover the entire Shillong urban centre including Municipal and Cantonment areas, Tynsong said once it is completed, the project will ensure water supply of 90 liters per capita per day (LPCD).
He also added that there is also a provision in which around 40, 000 households will be provided with metering system.
It may be mentioned here, the project was first targeted to be completed on May 2011.
However despite setting different timelines for its completion, the department has yet again failed to meet its targeted deadline fixed on March, this year.
The project was funded at a cost of Rs 193.50 crore with the central share fixed at Rs 174.15 crore and the state at Rs 19.35 crore.
Earlier, the state was also penalized in which around Rs 18 crore was deducted out of Rs 174.15 crore.
The Minister also said that the project is designed in such a way that there is no scope for revision.
Informing that the Centre has already released the final installment of Rs 43 crore for the project, he however said the state government however is yet to release the Rs 18 crore, which it had to sanction after it was deducted by the Centre.
“We have taken up the matter with the planning and finance departments of the state. However, as of now we are still implementing the project from the Rs 43 crore,” Tynsong said while adding that the Rs 18 crore may be required at the final stage of the project.