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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Heat Wave Continues, Mausam Noor Meets Subrata Mukherjee for Drinking Water Projects

MALDA, 23 MAY: Heat wave continues to severely hit the district today also causing acute crisis of drinking water in different areas. Malda North MP Mausam Noor has planned to spend 90% of her local area development (LAD) fund for drinking water. Besides she met the state public health engineering (PHE) minister Subrata Mukherjee today at Writers’ Building requesting him to prepare some drinking water schemes for north Malda.

The mercury today reached 42.4 degree Celsius with only 20 to 24 percent humidity. Though the meteorological department assured respite in a couple of days, citizens were badly struck by heat wave today also.

Crisis of drinking water has also compounded the woe of people further. Particularly, blocks of North Malda like Habibpur, Bamangola, Gazole, Old Malda, Chanchal, Harischadrapur are reeling under acute water crisis. Recently, the MLAs of Malatipur and Harischandrapur Rahim Boxi and Tajmul Hossain had to face the wrath of people suffering miserably from drinking water crisis.

Mrs Noor also expressed her concern over the crisis. Today she said, “I met Mr Mukherjee this afternoon and drew his attention to the formidable water crisis in Malda.”

“When I took up the matter with the Union government recently, I was told that if the projects are submitted by the state government, Union government would help in arranging pure drinking water sources in at least two areas of each block where drinking water crisis is severe. Today I placed the proposal with Mr Mukherjee and I’m happy that she has assured me to adopt quick initiatives in this regard,” she said informing that those water projects would be installed preferably at schools and madrassahs for the students, teachers and common people of the area. “The projects would be run by electricity and local gram panchayets would have to bear the electricity bill,” she added.

Besides, Malda North MP said that she would spend as much as 90% of her MP lad towards solving the drinking water crisis in North Malda. “Out of Rs 5 crore from my MP LAD for this year, I have planned to spend approximately Rs 4.5 crore towards drinking water schemes. The plans are being made and soon it would be submitted to the administrations,” she informed.

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