Mysore, July 23 (JP)-The Jamshedpur Utilities & Services Company Limited (JUSCO) seems to be singing the same old song with regard to keeping its deadline of supplying water 24x7 to the citizens.

JUSCO had signed a tripartite contract with Mysore City Corporation and Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWS &DB) in November, 2008.

The project, which was undertaken in three stages — preparatory, rehabilitation and management — has seen many hiccups right from the start. The first stage included preparation and submission of operation and maintenance plan and assuming management responsibility of existing water supply.

The second stage included implementation of final investment plan involving procurement and commissioning while the third involved improvement of services to achieve its targets.

JNNURM Superintending Engineer Suresh Babu, speaking to SOM said, "There has been no tangible result so far. They were supposed to give 10,000 connections by September end and now they say that they can give 3,000 connections by October. I am not at all happy with their Operations & Maintenance work. It is most unsatisfactory."

"Let me give you an example. If a JE in MCC or KUWS&DB wants to re-lay a pipe, he will do so immediately so that the citizen is not put to hardship. After the work is completed, he will prepare the bill, etc. What we are seeing here is that the local JUSCO officials do not seem to have powers to take decisions. For each and every little thing, they have to take orders from Jamshedpur."

Suresh Babu continued, "They should realise that though they are partners in the venture, I will explain this…'according to the terms of the tripartite agreement there is a joint task force of our staff and JUSCO staff. But the unfortunate issue is that our staff deputed to JUSCO are facing step-motherly treatment. They are subordinate to JUSCO staff.' This is leading to a lot of unnecessary stress."

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore