Chairman of Water Works Committee Sudhakar Kohale, who is also MLA from South Nagpur, on Friday convened a meeting of top NMC officials and reviewed water supply position for the coming May and June, the hottest months of Nagpur summer. Later, talking to media, Kohale said that he has directed the concerned NMC officials to be in top gear to deal with water supply situation.
According to Kohale, the city is supplied 620 MLD (Million Liters Per Day) of water daily but would need 767 MLD in summer months. He said that in this context, construction of four new water tanks would be completed by May 15. The tanks are being built in Onkar Nagar, Hanuman Nagar, Trimurti Nagar and Seminary Hills. All the delegates of Orange City Water (OCW) have been asked to be alert and active to handle any crisis situation, said Kohale.
“Till now, 44 Tullu pumps, being used by citizens, business establishments to draw excess water directly from pipelines or other water sources, have been seized. The city needs 1708 borewells but presently has only 1370. Permission and fund have been sought for digging of more borewells in different areas for smoother supply of water. One borewell requires Rs 1 lakh and the responsibility for maintaining the present borewells lies with OCW,” clarified the Chairman of Water Works Committee.
He further said that a total of 256 tankers have been pressed into service for supply of water in non-networking areas. At present, 89 tankers of NMC are providing water in networking areas. Water supply (115 MLD) from Pench-4 Phase has still not been started following filth in the newly laid pipelines. As soon as water distribution from Godhni Station starts the Godhni village will receive 2 MLD of water on regular basis. He added that the OCW has been asked to bring more and more water connections into billing net, said Kohale.
Kohale has appealed the unauthorized water connection holders to make them legal ones or else face action by OCW. He also asked the OCW to make water and tankers available according to the demands from different areas.