Bhopal: Rs 5 cr wasted on project for equal distribution of water in the city

BHOPAL: The Rs 5 crore project for maintaining record of volume of water supply to the city by installing metres at different locations is yet to start even after its completion in 2018.

The work for the project began in 2012 and was completed in 2018 by a firm Laxmi Constructions. The firm was paid the amount for installation of metres and accessories but still the project has not started.

Around 250 such metres of diametre ranging from 80 mm to 100 mm and 600 mm were installed across the water filter plants of the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC), government offices and malls in the city.

None of the metres are in use now. Either these metres were not installed at their right location or are lying useless.

The project failed and this is the reason for uneven distribution of water in the city.

If these metres had been in use, the reading of the volume of water being supplied from the overhead tanks and volume of water being supplied to the government offices and big buildings would be available with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).

It would have helped the officials track the reasons of water scarcity in a few areas of Bhopal and also if extra and surplus water is being supplied in other areas. Also, the project was aimed at collecting cess on amount of consumption.

Out of these metres, there were 123 metres Electromagnetic bulk flow metres installed across the water filter plants and the overhead tanks.

Besides, these metres also required accessories like MS Panel, House transmitter, and totalisers and payment was made for these accessories as well. However, all these accessories are also missing.

The remaining 127 Woltman turbine metres were installed at the big government offices and a few shopping malls.

Now, these metres are also lying useless. The firm Laxmi Construction was paid the full amount and the project lies forgotten after three years of its completion.

Former corporator Pradeep Saxena said that the firm Laxmi Construction has caused a huge loss to the water supply system in the state capital. There is a need for a high-level investigation to know what led to the failure of the project and why the water supply department in BMC made full payment to the disputed firm, when they had to discontinue the project, Saxena said.

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