The government should pay its dues or recover it from the displaced themselves. (Cipher photo)
Here, the Water Institute’s General Manager Neelima Garg, who is facing a burden of 21 crores, says that the department has sent letters to the state government several times to give the arrears.
After the creation of the Tehri Dam, the families affected were displaced from New Tehri to Khandgaon, Pashulok, Rishikesh, Shyampur of Haridwar, Dehrakhas of Dehradun, Banjarawala around 2006. The displaced families number about ten thousand. The Hanumant Rao Committee, which has made several recommendations for the Tehri Dam displaced, does not accept the water bill since 2006, nor did the amount of water and sewer charges reach fifteen crores by the year 2018, considering the report of the committee. In today’s debt, this amount has reached beyond 21 crores. Now the Jal Sansthan wants either the government to pay its dues or they can recover it from the displaced themselves.
Cabinet Sub Committee was formed
Investigation of News18 revealed that the Tehri Dam displaced protested against sending the bill by the Jal Sansthan in the year 2017-18. He said that according to the recommendation of Hanumant Rao Committee, the government will give them the facility of drinking water and sewer connection free of cost. In March 2019, the state cabinet decided that the bills of the Tehri dam displaced should be waived till the year 2018 and in lieu of this, the state government will pay a fee of fifteen crore rupees till 2018 to the Water Institute. In 2019, a cabinet sub committee was formed under the chairmanship of then Drinking Water Minister Prakash Pant to decide how to recover the fee in future.Subodh Uniyal does not even have the answer.
Meanwhile, Minister Prakash Pant died. After this, what happened to the sub-committee is not known to the government itself. State government spokesperson Subodh Uniyal was also seen giving a befitting reply in this matter. Subodh Uniyal says that this money was to be given by the Tehri Hydro Development Corporation, THDC to the state government. Subodh Uniyal says that it will be decided after the report of the Cabinet Sub Committee. But, whether all that committee is also in existence or not, the answer is not even with Subodh Uniyal.
Now there is no option but to cut the connection
Here, Neelima Garg, General Manager of Jal Sansthan, who is facing a load of 21 crores, says that the department has sent letters to the state government several times to give the arrears. However, no response has been received from the government till date. State Chief Secretary Omprakash says that the matter is not in his cognizance. If the Jal Sansthan brings to their notice, the case will be shown. However, the system of free water and sewer is being heavily abused. Many connections have been taken from one connection to another. So many people who bought land from the Tehri dam displaced are taking advantage of this facility by becoming dam displaced. In such a situation, the Jal Institute, which is suffering a loss of 21 crores, is now in the mood for strict action. The department says that they now have no other option but to cut the connection.