Statesman News Service
Raiganj, 7 July
The authorities of Dalkhola municipality at last initiated a move to construct a fresh drinking water project  with Rs 80 lakh funds given by the state municipal affairs around two-and-a-half years ago. The construction of two reservoirs started with this fund. This fund remained unused for a long time because of the apathy of the municipality authorities.
It was reported that more than 10 years have passed since the Dalkhola municipality was framed, yet the residents face a crisis of fresh drinking water. They are in fear of being affected of water-borne diseases. The residents blamed the irresponsibility and negligence of the municipality for this state. The residents alleged that in absence of PHE water, the residents of all 14 wards of the municipality are drinking water from the tube well. In addition, the drainage system of the municipality has collapsed in most of the wards.
In the past two years, the municipality board has changed three times. They informed that the councillors were busy in changing their political platform only. Hence, development work has been affected.
The Chairman of Dalkhola Municipality, Mr Subash Goswami, said: "With an objective to provide fresh drinking water to residents in all wards, the state municipality affairs provided Rs 80 lakh two-and-a-half years ago. The then Chairman of the CPI-M-led board of  the municipality failed to use the fund. The Congress-led board came to power last year. After coming to power, we started using the fund. We started the construction of two reservoirs in our municipality. Soon, we will place the utilisation of the fund to the state municipality affairs. We will then receive another Rs 50 lakh for this purpose. Pipe line work and construction of taps will start with this fund. Residents will be able to avail fresh drinking water.”