Chakrata (Dehradoon): The 19-year-old Khamroli-Danda drinking water project in Dehradun’s Chakrata block is crying for attention. The project has been left unattended for the past 16 years by the Water Corporation and the Water Institute, which kept on shifting the responsibility of Rs 1.40 crore project between them for more than a decade. 

This apathy has deprived 7000 people from the benefit of availing the drinking water facility.

The plan was initiated in 1992-93 with an aim to benefit 14 villages of the Chakrata block. Even though the Water Corporation completed the project at a cost of Rs 1 crore 40 lakh in 1995, quality of the plan came under scanner. For this reason, the Water Institute which was to take over the plan withdrew its decision.

The 65-km long project remained in limbo for 16 years with both the Water Corporation and the Water Institute refusing to take over the project. When the Water Corporation was laying emphasis on handing over the project to the Water Institute, the latter after citing many flaws in it refused to take over.

However, after the government’s order the Water Institute took over the plan but has again backed out arguing that the imperfections in the line is causing problems while operating the scheme. The executive officer of the Institute in this regard has sent the report to the top executives of the Institute.

Ironically, people here are unable to reap the advantage of this scheme which has a good flow of water. The residents are taking the services of water tankers for the purpose.

When asked, Executive Engineer of the Water Institute, RK Uneyal said, “There are varieties of technical drawbacks. Many pipe lines are not in place. There are unnecessary stand posts and the pipes which have been laid do not meet the standards. In such conditions, the operation faces considerable difficulties.”

Meanwhile, Executive Engineer of the Water Corporation said, “The plan has been handed over to the Water Institute and so the charge of operation is with them. Many times a joint survey has been conducted with the Water Institute and found that the pipelines are in proper working condition.”

(JPN/ Bureau)