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Guwahati Water Project Just A Dream?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | September 14, 2019 17:00 hrs

Guwahati’s fast growing water crisis is what makes the JICA underground water supply project so very important in the fast changing landscape of the city. However, the GMDA’s failure to meet the deadline for the project has now become an embarrassment.

The last news report stated that the project would be partially commissioned within February and then more progress would be reported in the time ahead. However, the department has failed in making the necessary communication to the various stakeholders who would benefit from the project.
There were a few advertisements released across selective publications, which seek a resident’s water requirements along with tariffs for the connection. However, most of us are unaware of this still. Clearly, this message has not been effectively delivered.

While ensuring water is delivered to every household, other departments have also failed to adapt a “future-first” attitude. The depletion of the city’s ground water table has been a major problem for the past 5 years. However, establishments continue to thrive, and fresh permissions are being given out, without even checking the status of their rain water harvesting set up.

If departments are aware of the crisis, why are they not more vigilant? It is important that there are policy level changes rather than just announcement of new MVI laws that focus of collection of fines for traffic violations.

Coming back to the failed deadline by the GMDA, the government must initiate action against the department if possible and penalize this repeat offence. Not only has the project inconvenienced the citizens several times over, this deeply affects Guwahati’s status as a “smart city" too.

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