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PM Urges NWC to Provide Potable Water to More Persons

first_imgMember of Parliament for St. Ann, North Western, Dr. Dayton Campbell, is urging the National Water Commission (NWC) to provide potable water to several sections of the Constituency, which are now without the commodity.He pointed out that only 24 per cent of the constituency is provided with potable water. “This is way below what could ever be deemed as acceptable,” Dr. Campbell said.The Member of Parliament was making his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 21.He noted that the residents of Brown’s Town have been affected by the disruption of water service, because of pump failure at the Minard Well.“We feel strongly that due care has not been taken to ensure the speedy restoration of service to these residents. Brown’s Town is a melting pot of activity. It is the booming education capital, thus the disruption has had dire effects on normalcy,” Dr. Campbell said.He informed that the short term solution has been to truck water to the affected residents, businesses and institution.“Looking to the future, we would love to see the well in Green Park become operational. This will see great benefits to three of the four constituencies in St. Ann. This would see residents of the community of Bamboo being able to turn on their pipes and open up this cool piece of paradise to better housing and greater efficiency in farming. This system would also dovetail with the supply in Brown’s Town and thus prevent any recurrence of the current problem in that area,” Dr. Campbell said.Meanwhile, he noted that a well was dug in Queenhythe over a decade ago by US Marines; however no potable water is available to the residents.“Tank Weld has stepped up to the plate and is offering to be a part of a public-private partnership to get this project up and running. They are offering to get the well operational and lay pipes to 100 metres on either side of the well. The NWC would then step in and complete the project, seeing water going to Queenhythe, Content, Retirement, Keith and Home Castle. These are practical solutions to complex problems,” Dr. Campbell said.Contact: Latonya Lintonlast_img read more

Society is in a state of regression Actor Adil Hussain

first_img“It is extremely distressing to hear about the lynching.How can one human being kill another human being. If you want to politicise the issue, you can do. But then for me it is a human point of view,” Hussain said.The critically acclaimed author was in the city to participate in the five-day CMS Vatavaran festival, refereed to the recent incident in Dadri where a man was killed over rumours of alleged beef consumption. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“You are regressing instead of progressing. Politicians should behave themselves and make sure that these kind of incidents do not happen in the future. The Dadri incident reflects a total lack of love and empathy,” Hussain told reporters.The actor, who has worked in international films such as The Reluctant Fundamentalist and The Life of Pi hailed the festival and said any initiative to spread awareness about environment is less. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Any initiative on the environment awareness is less. No matter how much we do is, it is not enough. We have a deep rooted habit of how we behave. These include simple habits which are created in childhood. Our understanding of the environment has to be profound,” Hussain said. Following his love for nature and environment, the actor said he plans to make a film titled Bolia Haathi (The Rogue Elephant) based on a story written by Atul Anand Goswami. The film portrays the relationship between an elephant and a human and explores how one could possibly cultivate sympathy for the other. “It is my dream to make this movie which is based on a story that I had read 20 years back. The film is at the scripting level and producers are also ready. But the only problem that we are facing to get permission to shoot with an elephant.The actor said he was being assisted in the shoot by Parvati Barua, who has received an UN award for her work with elephants.The 52-year-old actor said it was important to take the environment film festival to different parts of the country.“It is not only important to take it all over the country but in every blocks of districts along with the capital cities. The government should telecast these films not only on Doordarshan but also spend some money and allow the private channels to telecast it and spread awareness,” he said.last_img read more