Nagpur: As the ‘ambitious’ 24X7 water supply scheme progresses at snail’s pace, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has decided to hire 265 tankers for water supply for the next two years. The civic body will pay Rs 360 for per trip for a tanker. The tankers will be deployed to supply potable water in non-network areas of the city. At present, the NMC is supplying water through 194 tankers.
The NMC’s Standing Committee, headed by Prakash Bhoyar, approved the proposal of the civic body on Friday. Bhoyar said, until recently, the NMC paid Rs 386 per trip per tanker. But now, due to competition among tanker providers, the rate has come down to Rs 360 even after the fuel price hike. Now, NMC will pay Rs 360 per tanker for one year and Rs 386 per trip for the second year, he said.
Further, the Standing Committee also gave its green signal to entrust the Rs 31.54 crore work of strengthening, augmenting and beautifying Gandhisagar Lake to a private firm. Other approvals cleared include extension of IT Craft Company for two years and extension of two months for 40 drivers in NMC service. However, the Committee dumped a proposal of Estate and Project Consultative Committee Chairman for providing him a four-wheeler for official work in the city.