Bhopal: The civic body has unofficially started supply of water on alternate days in various parts of Bhopal. The water supply has been reduced to half of the original volume, in the areas where water supply was made through the Upper Lake. On an average, water supply has dipped to 80 MGD in a day when in normal days around 105 MGD water is supplied. On the other hand, BMC is running around 106 water tankers in the city.
This is the situation when it is almost one and half months remaining for the monsoon to hit the state. This is almost after ten years that Bhopal is getting water supply on alternate days. This situation was seen in year 2009 when water supply was ensured on alternate days in Bhopal. This year the water shortage has prompted the authorities to ensure alternate days water supply in the state capital and that supply is also done for a short duration.
The areas that are hit by water shortage severely and are being supplied water on alternate days are Islampura Itwara, Band master sqaure, Idgah hills, Sonagiri, Ratnagiri, Anand Nagar, Surbhi colony at chandbad, Barela gaon, kohefiza, Khaugaon, Shaheed Nagar, Badshaah Nagar, Gandhi Nagar, Budhwara, Shahzahanabad, Teelazamalpura, Nariyalkheda, Model ground, Raisen road, Kolar road, Bairagarh. These areas would be supplied water up to 27 MGD in regular days but now the figure has shrunk to less than 17 MGD in a day as the water level has fallen to 1650 feet. Similar, fall is there in the water supply from Kolar, Kerwa and Narmada Rivers.
It was earlier proposed that the water supply should be done on alternate days due to falling water level but due to some reasons, the proposal got stuck then and as soon as elections got over, the civic body started supplying water on alternate days. The worst affected areas are the ones where water supply is being made through the Upper Lake and also through Kerwa and few of the areas are now totally relying on water tankers.