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Congress party also demanded that further upgrades in water distribution system should be done under the supervision of an expert committee
The water test reports reveals high-level contamination of Coliform and E-Coli or Themo Tolerant Coliform bacteria in water supplied in city
Continuing is fight against corruption in drinking water supply system, Swaccha Jal Kranti on Sunday, the City Congress Committee has declared to stage office lock out protest movement against municipal corporation officials if proper repairing of damaged water pipelines is not initiated. Addressing a press conference Convenor of Swachha Jal Kranti campaign, Saurabh Nati Sharma criticising Jabalpur Municipal Corporation leaders and authorities said they are ignoring alleged corruption in the name of repairing of public water distribution system.
Since last two years the Congress raising voice against the supply of poor quality water in different wards of the city. He was accompanied by City Congress Committee President Dinesh Yadav, senior Congress leader Sarvesh Chaman Shrivastava, Geeta Sharat Tiwari, Rajesh Sonkar, Leader of Opposition in JMC and others. Sharma added RTI replies since 2008-09 to 2016-17 revels that around Rs 150 crore have been expensed on repairing of pipelines but ground reality tells another story.
He alleged huge corruption is made in municipal corporation in the name of repairing and maintenance of water supply system pipelines. Criticising the stand of Mayor Dr Swati Godbole on the issues he alleged that it seems something is being intentionally overlooked and the public health and life put on stake. The water test reports reveals high-level contamination of Coliform and E-Coli or Themo Tolerant Coliform bacteria in water supplied in city. Test report says permissible limit of Coliform bacteria in water 10 MPN per 100 ml and water sample tested ranges upto 240 MPN, which is high above danger mark. Sharma added that Congress workers have collected around 150 water samples from different parts of city and sent to Public Health Engineering Department’s District Water Testing Laboratory. Despite seeing test reports, Mayor and municipal authorities are not ready to accept their fault, irregularities in the water supply, corruption in repairing of pipelines, etc.
They simply rejected samples saying it fake and were directly picked from drains. Saurabh Nati Sharma, Member, DPC Jabalpur also highlighted the issue on Saturday held District Planning Committee meeting chaired by District Minister In-Charge, Priyavrat Singh in presence of Finance Minister, Tarun Bhanot. Duo Ministers asked Municipal Commissioner to initiate investigation on irregularities in repairing work of pipelines. Finance Minister Bhanot also instructed to the Municipal Commissioner to prepare detailed project report on shifting of pipe-lines passing near drains as only solution to existing problem. The Congress party also demanded that further upgrades in water distribution system should be done under the supervision of an expert committee. Or under any monitoring agency so that again funds allocated for the safe drinking water system may not fall in trap of corrupt practices.