Plea for ‘time consuming’ sewage project details
Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 24, 2018: Manipur social researcher Serto Tondana Kom has today appealed the state government to produce a detail project report of Imphal Sewerage Project, which could tell the exact date of completion of the project that has begun almost 15 years back.
He also urges to discuss for completion of the project during the monsoon Assembly session.
Talking to reporters at Manipur Press Club here on Sunday, Serto said the foundation stone for the French assisted project was laid on March 5, 2002 by the then governor H.E Mr. Ved Marwah in presence of Francis Widmer, secretary general French Embassy, delegates from the French companies and senior state officials.
The project which was targeted to complete in two years began in November, 2003. It has crossed over 14 and half years, he added.
The total project cost is Rs 323.78 crore. Out of it 87.27 per cent of the cost is to be borne by the state while the remaining is to be borne by French agencies.
The Imphal City project covers 10 wards in Imphal Municipal areas. The work is taken up by five contractors having more than 100 sub-contractors, Serto said.
The then PHE minister TN Haokip on July 28, 2010 informed the Assembly that laying of pipeline for Sewerage Project along RIMS road would be completed within that year. Deadlines were set at different phases for completion of the project, he added.
On April 18 the superintending engineer of urban circle, PHED Ksh. Lalitbabu informed that 96% of the Imphal Sewerage project has been completed connecting more than 1000 households and it will be completed by December.
Serto said the life span of the pipe is 30 years according to experts. However the project is as old as about half of the pipes’ life span.
The project is waste of time and depreciation money. With road diversion of undergoing works people has to spend more on fuel. With 40 per cent of fuel loss in traffic congestion for blocking of roads public has so far unnecessarily spent Rs 118.59 crore, said Serto.
“Lives were claimed in road accidents due to the unmaintained traffic passage along the project sites,” he added.