Bokaro ( Jharkhand): Getting information about the alarming situation facing Bokaro steel plant whose production has been affected considerably due to acute shortage of water in the wake of several breaches and dozens of leakages in Tenughat canal which caters to entire water need of the plant besides lakhs of citizens living in Bokaro steel city, SAIL chairman P K Singh along with SAIL technical adviser B K Singh rushed to Bokaro from Delhi on November 22 and after inspecting the repaired breached spots of Tenughat canal with senior officers met Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and water resources minister C P Chowdhary the same night.
Sail chairman sought help from the chief minister in solving the present water crisis which has resulted in big loss to the plant besides helping the steel giant in laying another water pipeline from Tenughat dam so that Bokaro never faces water crisis.
Earlier, the chairman who was accompanied by Bokaro steel plant chief executive officer Anutosh Maitra and several other senior officers including technocrats stayed at the place for about 45 minutes holding parley with his officials on every aspect of the canal besides finding out alternative ways in case the canal does not fulfil water need of the steel plant. Later, talking to the mediapersons at Tenughat, the chairman admitted that due to shortage of water Bokaro steel plant was suffering huge losses as several of its units have closed down hampering the production of steel besides lakhs of residents of Bokaro steel city are also suffering due to acute water shortage.
On being asked that what does he think is the solution of the problem, SAIL chairman.P K Singh stated that SAIL is thinking of an alternative arrangement for supplying water through another pipeline for which he will have talks with Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das and state water resources department minister. “We can’t be over dependent on Tenughat canal rather will have to search for an alternative which will be done very soon after talks with the chief minister, “ he said. When asked whether an inquiry will be held into frequent breach in the canal, the SAIL chairman stated that an inquiry into this matter is already on and once the report comes, he will submit the report to union steel ministry.