New project may help solve water crisis in Darjeeling

The Statesman
Darjeeling, 3 July
The completion of the Balasun water project is not the only solution to the longstanding drinking water crisis in Darjeeling; illegal connection, unmanaged pipelines and increasingly great numbers of water mafia in the town is of pivotal concern for the municipality here even if the project is completed by the next dry season.
Still, all eyes are now set on the upcoming water project to be implemented by the Centre, state and the Darjeeling Municipality.
“The project includes revamping all old pipelines with big pipes replacing the single pipes. Tanks will be constructed in all the 32 wards of Darjeeling, however, the project is awaiting the Centre’s nod,” said
chairman of the Darjeeling Municipality, Mr Amar Singh Rai.
The Darjeeling municipality has already signed the MOA with the state and Centre recently in Kolkata, he said.
“These tanks will have meters fitted and accordingly people will have to pay the sum,” said a civic official.
On the other hand, the vice-chairman to the Darjeeling municipality, Mr Sukh Bahadur Bishwakarma, said: “Sooner or later the Centre will sanction the funds. Hence, the Darjeeling Municipality has already started to cut off illegal lines and revamp the old pipelines.”
Civic officials said the Balasun drinking water project is nearly complete. The civic officials are confident water from the Balasun river will reach homes by the next dry season.

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