PHE Minister to visit Garo Hills to assess water crisis

​Amidst the reports of acute shortage of drinking water in Tura, Public Health Engineering (PHE) minister Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar on Friday said he will visit Garo Hills next month to assess the water crisis.

“I will make​​ a tour to Garo Hills. I will meet with GHADC to find out ways and means to solve this problem. I will definitely do that,” Renikton Lyngdoh Tongkhar, PHE Minister said.

“In the next month I will visit Garo Hills for this purpose,” he added.

The PHE department will assess the water crisis in Tura and accordingly replace the pipes and repair damages so that the leakage of water can be avoided.

Elaborating further on his visit, the Minister said, “We have to cooperate, we have to work together, see that if GHADC have the fund to do the repair work, or replace those pipes or may be if we can do from our department, and then again handed over to them to run and maintain but if we need to do major repairing, we will try from our department.”

Asked if the task of distribution will be taken from GHADC, he said, “This proposal has been there since long time but till now it hasn’t reached the conclusion and if GHADC takes collective responsibility to ensure everybody gets water its ok its team work.”

During the recent concluded autumn session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Tongkhar informed that there is a huge quantity of loss of water in the distribution network due to the poor maintenance.

Replying to ​​a query by Rangsakona Legislator Zenith M Sangma, the Minister said that the distribution network at present is being maintained by the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council (GHADC)