SHILLONG, March 13: Phase III of the Greater Shillong Water Supply Scheme (GSWSS) is nearing completion according to new Public Health Engineering (PHE) Minister, Samlin Malngiang who said that till date, 70% of the work has been completed.
Malngiang also informed that the laying of the pipelines for the distribution of water supply is one of the major problems being faced by the department.
“Though the process of implementing the project is going on in full swing, the problem in front of the department is laying of the pipelines because a lot of negotiations have to be done with the landowners,” he said here on Tuesday.
According to him, the department is trying its best to seek the cooperation of the landowners from whose land the pipelines are required to be laid for ensuring speedy commissioning of the project.
“Therefore, we are not in a position to say as to when the project will be completed but the process is on,” he said.
The laying of distribution system is for 12 zones spread over seven urban centres. Official sources said works in 2 zones out of 12 zones under package II have been completed fully (100%) and for the remaining 10 zones the progress ranges between 6% to 77%
It may be mentioned here, the project was first targeted to be completed on May 2011 and the projected cost was at Rs 193.50 crore with central share fixed at Rs 174.15 crore and the state share fixed at Rs 19.35 crore.
It is also hoped that with the completion of the project, the present problem of shortage of water supply will to a great extent be addressed.
At present, there is a shortage of water supply by 30 per cent as the department is being able to supply water at the rate of 80 to 90 liters per capita per day (LPCD) which is less than the national average at 130 litres LPCD.