Gwalior: Expressing concern over the delay in completion of Project Uday that aims to supply drinking water in urban areas of the state, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Thursday asked the state government to provide a detail status report of the project.

Taking cognizance of a petition, a division bench comprising Justice SK Gangale and Justice Brij Kishore Dubey in the Gwalior bench of the High Court asked the Urban Development Department to submit the report by November 14.

Project Uday is the state government's initiative to provide sustainable basic urban infrastructure, and to manage urban water supply and sanitation system in more effective and transparent manner.

It is clearly mentioned in the petition that the lackadaisical approach of the officers in handling Project Uday has caused the delay while the locals are running helter-skelter for potable water.

As a matter of fact, the total cost of Project Uday has increased manifold. In the beginning of the project an amount to the tune of Rs 12 crore was sanctioned for the construction of 15 overhead tanks. Gradually, the amount increased to Rs 29 crore, which was indication of corruption in maintaining the fund.

However, the officials of the Urban Development Department claim that water pipelines have been changed to prevent contamination of water.

Ironically, citizens are not getting pure water to drink. Instead, thousands have got ill and two people were dead after consuming the water supplied by the local body.

JPN/Bureau