Phulbari MDC questions non construction of tube-wells for flood victims

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
TURA, Sep 12: The MDC of Shyamnagar (Phulbari), SG Esmatur Mominin and former MLA of Phulbari, MI Sarkar two days ago pointed to the non construction of tube-wells for flood victims despite more than a month of the passing of the flood that affected the plain belt of West Garo Hills (WGH).
“It has come to our knowledge that tube wells for flood victims had been sanctioned and work orders had been issued for its installation but till date not even a single tube well has been installed in Phulbari region. This is a matter of serious concern,” said Mominin (Rahibul) who also had a word with the PHE for the speedy implementation of the work.

His statements come at a time when rising waters of the Brahmaputra once again threatens another flood in the plain belt region.
Former minister MI Sarkar earlier had a conversation with the DC of WGH, Pravin Bakshi on the matter where he sought to know as to what had transpired for the tube wells to not have been constructed.
 “We apprised him of the situation and asked for the installation of tube wells for genuine flood victims. We learnt that the PHE department had already sanctioned some tube wells and work orders were issued to some contractors but the contractors have not installed the tube wells for reasons best known to them,” added the MDC.
 “When tube wells in other flood affected constituencies (Rajabala, Selsella and Tikrikilla) have already been done why is there a delay in Phulbari. Right now drinking water is a priority and the contractors need to implement the work immediately,” he added.
Upon being contacted the DC, Pravin Bakshi stated that an answer was being sought from the PHE regarding the implementation as the entire onus was on them with the administration having nothing to do with setting up of tube wells.
 “We are seeking an answer from them (PHE). In a flood situation the onus is on spontaneity and these basic things have to be looked into by the concerned department,” said Bakshi.


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