Some 28,462 residents of rural Jamaica are expected to have reliable supplies of water when work is completed on some 11 minor water supply systems across the island this fiscal year.A total of $74.46 million has been allocated in this year’s budget to complete these systems.Making the announcement in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on June 18, State Minister for Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Ian Hayles, noted that work began on the systems in 2012/13, and that the majority have been completed.These systems include: Lottery Water Supply System, in East Central St. James; Bamboo Ridge Pipeline Extension, South West St. Catherine; Geneva/Ghetto Water Supply System, Western Westmoreland; Farmers Heights Water Supply System, North East St. Ann; Broadgate Water Supply System, South East St. Mary; East Portland Tanks and Bases, East Portland; Quaminus to Lionel Town Water Supply System, South East Clarendon; Cascade Water Supply System, South West St. Ann; John’s Groin Water Supply System, North West St. Catherine; Wharf Lane Water Supply System, West Portland; and Copperwood/Richmond Hill System, South St. James.“This administration has taken a policy decision to give focus and priority to rural Jamaica, and when it comes to water, we intend to be less reactive and more proactive. We are working for our people today, and at the same time planning for tomorrow,” Mr. Hayles said.He pointed out that Rural Water Supply Limited (RWSL) continues to play a critical role in the development of systems to serve rural communities.The State Minister noted that the RWSL will be carrying out upgrading and remedial works on additional small water supply systems during the year at a cost of $60.3 million, which should benefit 26,000 residents.These include supply systems in: Top Hill, North West St. Catherine; Windsor Heights, Western St. Catherine; Troja/Lassie Spring, North West St. Catherine; Grant Hill, West Rural St. Andrew; Kelly Spring, West Rural St. Andrew; Top Leinster/Devon Pen, South Eastern St. Mary; Seaton, Central St. Mary; and Haining, Western Portland.Mr. Hayles informed that work will also begin on minor water supply systems in Eastern and Western St. Thomas; Western Hanover; and Smithville and Union in North West Clarendon.“Also in the works is a two-kilometre pipeline that will bring much needed relief to the people of Porus, Manchester. We are very serious when it comes to providing our residents with potable water,” the State Minister emphasized.Contact: Alphea Saunders
Kolkata: Police have arrested six persons in connection with the death of a youth whose charred body was found at Khanjatapur of Contai in East Midnapore on Saturday.According to preliminary investigation, the district police suspect that the victim identified as Ranjit Mondal was choked to death and the body was later set on fire to destroy evidences. Police said local residents on Saturday spotted the victim. He was immediately rushed to Contai sub-divisional hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BosePolice reached the spot and collected some samples from there. In the course of investigation the police arrested six persons,including the victim’s girlfriend. The preliminary investigation reveals that the victim was throttled to death by the assailants and the body was later set on fire to destroy evidence. Police are investigating if any dispute relating to the love affair had led to the death of the victim. Police came to know during the investigation the victim’s girlfriend was probably in another relationship. An autopsy was conducted and the preliminary report hints that Mondal had been choked to death and later the body was set ablaze. According to the police, no smoke was spotted in his lungs during the postmortem which corroborated the view. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolice said that the victim who had been working at a jewellery shop in Delhi developed a relationship with a college student residing close to his native village. A few days ago Mondal came to his house from Delhi. Some local residents told the police that family members of the girl opposed the relationship. They also alleged that girl’s family members might have committed the crime with the help of some others. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.
Kolkata: A major fire broke out at a garment warehouse in the Lock Gate area of Chitpur on Saturday morning leading to the destruction of some goods which were stored there. No casualty or injuries have been reported.”The fire took place at around 8.10 am. We haven’t received any report of casualties. The fire was brought under control by 10.30 am. As many as 15 fire tenders were pressed into action. The cooling operations lasted till late afternoon. Fire tenders were rushed to the spot in phases to control the flames,” a fire service official said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFifteen fire tenders swung into action to douse the flame. They initially tried to prevent any further spread of fire to adjacent establishments. There had been a possibility of fire being spread to other buildings as the area is congested. The local residents spotted dark smoke billowing out of the top floor of a multi-storeyed building and immediately informed the matter to the fire brigade. The fire personnel faced difficulties to identify the source as thick cloud of smoke covered the entire area. Panic broke out among the people who were inside the other go-downs and shops housed on different floors of the building. They soon left the other go-downs, shops and rushed downstairs. Some locals however, tried to douse the flames but failed to make any headway. According to the fire brigade officials, the owners of the garment warehouse had possibly stocked some items to be supplied to stores. They are yet to determine if there were any other inflammable materials piled up inside the room. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We were in fear that if the fire spreads to the adjacent buildings, it could prove devastating. A prompt action taken by the fire personnel checked the intensity of the incident. Firefighters had a tough time bringing in the fire tenders and other equipment inside the congested area,” said septuagenarian Bijoy Das who is a local resident. The reason for the fire is not yet known. According to the preliminary investigation, fire officials suspect that an electrical short circuit might have triggered it. They also suspect that there was no proper fire fighting system in the building. A specific complaint has been lodged at the local police station and a probe is on.