Opposition MLA K Ranjit Singh alleged Water Resource Minister Y Susindro alias Yaima gave wrong information to the House that the government is providing tap water to the Imphal area thrice a week.
Raising the starred question during question hour of the ongoing third session of 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly on Monday, MLA Ranjit sought information from the water resource minister whether Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has provided drinking tap water to 75 per cent of the state; if so, on which criteria the water is being provided to the public and do each household have to bear the charge of bringing pipeline to their residence under the mission.
Responding to the starred question, the water resource minister informed the House that the government has provided benefits of JJM to 75 per cent of the total Manipur population. Under certain guidelines of the JJM the water is provided to the public. The expenses of laying a water pipeline to each household have to be borne by the government, he added.
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Supplementing the starred question, Ranjit asked the concerned minister that people are getting the drinking tap water from 3 am to 6 am once a week and if this is the guideline of JJM.
He further said in some areas of Imphal a sum of around Rs 1,000 is taken as charge for fitting pipeline to each household while in some areas of Sugnu assembly constituency the charge is increased to Rs 4,150. He questioned who is taking the money for pipe fitting from the main water pipe to each household.
Clarifying the supplementary question, the water resource minister said he also heard that there are some village level committees and the said committee are reportedly taking the charge for maintenance of pipe fitting to reach each doorstep. For charging Rs 4,150 he asked the opposition to provide him with the details of the area so that stringent action can be taken immediately.
He further said that in the Imphal area the government is providing drinking tap water thrice a week but most of the households are using water pumps and due to this reason, there are complaints of not getting drinking tap water. The government will take necessary steps so that each household can enjoy drinking tap water.