SHILLONG, DEC 4: The PHE department along with the dorbar shnong of Nongrah today lodged a joint FIR against miscreants for damaging the chamber of a borewell, which is part of the first phase of the Nongrah Water Supply Scheme.
The incident took place at around 2 am on Monday when miscreants came and damaged the concrete chamber constructed to protect the borewell at Nongrah.
It was informed that PHE had spend around Rs 5 lakh for drilling activity and construction of the chamber around the borewell which is about 750 feet deep.
Speaking to media persons, Nongrah headman Ban Pyngrope said, “The dorbar shnong and the department concerned have filed an FIR with a request to the police to speed up the investigation and ensure those involved are punish.”
Condemning the incident, he also appealed to those responsible in damaging the borewell to come forward and apologize if they had done it out of ignorant for allowing the dorbar shnong to reconsider handing over the matter to the police.
Asked whether the incident is politically motivated, Pyngrope said, “The dorbar shnong has no connection with any political party although the scheme was the initiative taken by the local MLA Jemino Mawthoh.”
He however said the MLA has done its job and now the smooth implementation of the water supply scheme is the responsibility of the dorbar shnong and the department concerned.
“It is unfortunate that the people responsible in the incident have forgotten that the scheme is meant for resolving the problem faced by the people of Nongrah due to shortage of water supply,” Pyngrope said.
The headman also appealed to the people not to mixed the implementation of the water supply scheme with politics.
The implementation of the Nongrah Water Supply
The water supply scheme, which aims to cover a population of over 12,000, was sanctioned by the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department at a cost of Rs 5.92 crore. The project received the administrative approval on March 31, this year.
The construction of the first phase of the project is targeted to be completed within one year to meet the demand for water supply in the area.
While the total water demand is 7.53 lakh litres a day, the completion of the first phase will be able tosupply water at the rate of 70 liters per capita per day (LPCD).
The five beneficiary localities include Nongrah, Marboh, Nonglum, Nongpdeng and Pohtoin.
By Our Reporter