MLA Hima Shangpliang

Shillong: Congress MLA Hima Shangpliang believes the Meghalaya government will not be able to implement the Jal Jeevan Mission by December 2022.

Shangpliang on Thursday said that the supply of pipes is not on time. The Public Health Engineering (PHE) department has not finalised the pipe suppliers and works assigned to the Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC). “Civil work may have been completed, but the problem is they are not being able to provide with pipes. With the absence of pipes and hardware shops closed by and large now the big problem is for contractor and Committee to complete their respective projects,” stated Shangpliang.

The Mawsynram legislator urged the government to look into this area on a priority basis so that whatever deadline has been set it has to be completed on time.

He said if the government doesn’t meet its deadline, other issues like cost overrun may come up.

“If there is a cost overrun then again contractors will claim additional cost. There will be a lot of extra additional expenditures and therefore I feel the PHE department should review once again on the implementation process of the whole JJM,” added Shangpliang.

He added that not only his constituency (Mawsynram), other districts are also waiting for the supply of pipes. Shangpliang was hopeful that if the government along with the PHE department reviews the situation, the state will be able to achieve its target.

On March 9, 2021, PHE Minister Renikton Tongkhar informed the Assembly that the government has installed over 68,000 functional household tap connections under the Jal Jeevan Mission.

He added that the Centre sanctioned Rs 1,190.64 crore to the state government for the scheme, while Rs 86.94 crore was paid to the contractors executing it.

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