The IMC has decided to release 540 MLD water, which is the total capacity of three phases of Narmada project for which 22 water tanks will be constructed to support the increased water supply. The city presently gets 450 MLD water, however, the capacity would soon be hiked to 540 MLD water. Narmada River is the city’s main water source. The river water is supplied in I, II and III phases.
The city requires nearly 480 MLD water whereas total 450 MLD water was being supplied through Narmada – around 180 MLD from Phase-I & II and 270 MLD from Phase-III. During summers, this requirement increases and so the supply will also be increased to 540 MLD.
During the shutdown undertaken by IMC for repair and maintenance work which was conducted from July 23 to October 8, phase I and II were shut down whereas phase III capacity was increased to its full capacity of 360 MLD. The IMC cannot use the full capacity of Phase III currently as the city does not have enough water tanks to supply 540 MLD of water. IMC will soon construct 22 water tanks across the city following which all three phases of Narmada will be used to their full capacity.
Balram Verma, water works in-charge of IMC said, “We don’t want water shortage in the city during summers so the entire 540 MLD water would be supplied to the city”. He added that the city water tanks cannot cater to 540 MLD supply and so 22 new tanks will be constructed across various areas in the city. He further said that the number of mobile water tankers used for supply across different areas in the city during scarcity, are also limited. So there is a necessity to increase the water tanks before increasing the supply. After the new water tanks are constructed, the supply will be increased to 540 MLD and the mobile water tankers will only be used to supply water at places were the network of Narmada pipelines is not present.