Tata subsidiary Jusco bags Rs 64-cr Mango water contract in home town

Written by fe Bureaus | Jamshedpur | Updated: Aug 31 2009, 06:11am hrs
The two lakh people residing under the Mango Notified Area Committee (MNAC), adjacent to the steel city, on Sunday saw one of their long-standing demands come true when Jharkhand governor K Sankaranarayanan performed the groundbreaking ceremony of the 48 million litre per day (mld) drinking water supply project for the area, awarded recently to Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company (Jusco).

Jusco, which had earlier won the project based on an open tender basis, had only last week been issued the Rs 64.18 crore work order after the newly appointed Jharkhand governor had within 30 days of his assuming office finally cleared the remaining hurdles in the way. For Jusco, a 100% subsidiary of Tata Steel, it has been a long wait to bag its first-ever contract in its home state, even though it was currently working on water projects in seven states.

With the population of the area having gone up manifold in recent years, people in the Mango area have been clamoring for drinking water as the water being supplied so far by the Jharkhand governments public health & engineering department (PHED) has, apart from being erratic, not been of potable quality as it was being straightaway lifted from the Swarnrekha river and distributed.

The revised administrative approval to the scheme, to be completed within the next 24 months, was accorded by the urban development department on August 24. It involves operation and maintenance of the project for six months from the date of completion.

Speaking in the presence of senior bureaucrats of the state machinery as well as senior Tata Steel officials, including its managing director B Muthuraman and executive director (India & South East Asia) HM Nerurkar, Jusco managing director Sanjiv Paul said, With assistance coming from the Jharkhand government, the project would be completed in a record time.

The Mango urban water supply re-organisation scheme, as it is being called, which was being pursued ardently for some years now by Jamshedpur (west) MLA Saryu Rai, involves construction of four ground water reservoirs, four water towers, supply and laying of 4.15 km of raw water mains, supply and laying of 7.8 km of clear water mains and of a 148-km distribution network.

The work also entails Jusco to survey, design and construct a water treatment plant complete with civil, mechanical & electrical works on a turnkey basis including six months of operation and maintenance .

Although the present demand for drinking water in the Mango area is only for 24 million litres per day, we have kept the population growth in the area for the next 30 years in mind i.e till 2035 in drawing up the scheme, said Sudhir Prasad, principal secretary, who heads the states drinking water & sanitation department.

Speaking on the occasion Tata Steel managing MD said the project being implemented by the Jharkhand government was of fundamental importance for the two lakh people of Mango who would be served through 35,000 connections involving supply of 140 litres per person per day, which was higher than the current all-India average.

Muthuraman who wished other Jharkhand cities to catch up with and even exceed Jamshedpur which had a per capita per day consumption of water at 270 litres, said to be one of the highest anywhere in India, added that though different governments in the state had tried over the last 8 years but unfortunately the development of the kind that could have taken place did not happen.