Telangana: Mission Bhagiratha engineers under scanner

Mission Bhagiratha
Collector Sweta Mohanty inspecting cleanliness and sanitation works at Yaparla village in Wanaparthy on Saturday.

Wanaparthy: District Collector Sweta Mohanty has ordered for the issue of show-cause notices to Assistant Engineers who showed negligence in linking overhead tanks in villages with Mission Bhagiratha pipeline, during her surprise visit to oversee the second phase of ‘Palle Pragathi’ works being carried out at Yaparla village in Pebbair mandal on Sunday.

She inquired with Panchayat Secretary and Sarpanch into what works were taken up in the village during the first phase of ‘Palle Pragathi’ and asked them about the status of construction of dumpyard, crematorium, construction of Indian household latrines, soak pits, sanitation and expenditure incurred for all these works.

The villagers brought to her notice that Mission Bhagiratha pipelines were leaking and they were being given borewell water through pipelines, as the overhead tank was not linked to the Mission Bhagiratha pipeline. When Mohanty asked the Grid and Intra Assistant Engineers the reason for delay in carrying-out works, the engineers told her that due to the location of the tank and due to scarcity of labour works couldn’t be completed yet. Wondering how they could delay the work for two years, Mohanty ordered show-cause notices to Grid Assistant Engineer Naveen Kumar and Intra Assistant Engineer Raviteja Reddy, asking them to explain.

She went around the village inspecting cleanliness, sanitation, supply of drinking water and other things, when she noticed that the wastes from chicken centre in the village were being disposed-off improperly. The four check centres were also issued notices for violating cleanliness and hygiene norms. The villagers brought to her notice that there was an abandoned open well in the village, due to which there were mosquitoes in the village and informed her that the well needed to be covered with soil.

She told the village administrators that she would like to see the dumpyard being used completely and asked them to construct community toilets in the village. During the programme, she inaugurated the crematorium being constructed in the village.

Sarpanch Chandrakala and the Panchayat Secretary informed the Collector that during the second phase, installation of LED bulbs and laying tar road in the village was taken up. They informed her that 80 soak pits were dug and 40 were in progress and said that bills were pending for 116 soak pits in the village and 50 more toilets were yet to be constructed in the village.

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