Bokaro ( Jharkhand) : There is good news for the residents of Bokaro Steel City where water rationing is continuing since the first week of November. As of now, the are getting water only once in two days for one hour. But, from December 30, they will be supplied water daily as the water level of the cooling pond where water is collected has now reached satisfactory level. Bokaro steel plant CEO Anutosh Maitra gave this information after a tripartite meeting held at deputy commissioner’s office on December 28.
On the direction of union steel ministry secretary Aruna Sharma, a tripartite meeting of Tenughat canal coordination committee was held at Bokaro deputy commissioner’s office to resolve water problems due to repeated breaches in Tenughat canal since November 3, 2016, due to which water rationing was declared in Bokaro steel township.
The first coordination committee meeting was attended by Bokaro deputy commissioner R M Ray, Chas SDO Shashi Ranjan, Bermo SDO Kuldip Chowdhry, Bokaro steel plant chief executive officer Anutosh Maitra and his officials besides water resources department chief engineer R Rajak and others in which it was decided to have round the clock surveillance of the canal and urgent plugging of leakages besides carrying long term plan to maintain the canal so that smooth flow of water is sustained round the clock.
Water rationing in the city and even in the steel plant was ordered after first breach was observed in the canal on November 3 and later several attempts to repair the breaches failed forcing union steel ministry to send Steel authority of India Limited (Sail) chairman P K Sinha to Bokaro. He also met Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das on this issue and later submitted his report to the union ministry. The breaches were finally plugged in fourth week of November.
After getting the report , union steel secretary Aruna Sharma last week ordered for formation of coordination committee in which members of Bokaro steel plant, district administration and water resources department (which is assigned the job of maintaining the canal) were included and were directed to convene meeting from time to time till the problem in the canal is solved.
Bokaro DC R M Ray informed that the water rationing in the city is being withdrawn from December 30. The meeting decided to work jointly in case of breach of canal in future and mend the fault on war footing. “We have chalked out strategies for removing any fault witnessed in Tenughat canal on war footing,” he said.