Indore: Presenting Tinchha Falls as a possible source of water to the city, Indore Municipal Corporation water works incharge Balram Verma took coporators and officers for a tour to the Falls on Independence Day. He stated that they had carried out a physical survey at the Tinchha Falls and found that it and Karnar River together can provide 1,630 MLD water to the city.

“Though River Narmada is quenching the city’s thirst for the past many years, the cost of its water is very high and it will not be easy for the IMC to bear such a heavy cost for long. So, we have found alternative sources including Tinchha Falls, Shitalamata Falls and Gambhir river upstream for drawing water at comparatively cheaper rates,” Verma said.

He said “Narmada water we are supplying to the city is the costliest in the country. It costs about Rs 30 per 1,000 liters. We can’t continue to supply such costly water to the city for long so we have found some other sources from where drawing of water will be cheaper,”.

Verma stated that the IMC conducted a physical survey at Tinchha Fall, Shitalamata Fall and Gambhir River upstream and found that these water bodies could supply nearly five times more water to what the city requires at present and that too at a very cheap rate.

The city requires about 400 MLD water. Through Narmada phases one, two and three, 450 MLD water is supplied to the city.  Tinchha falls, Shitalamata falls and Gambhir river upstream combined can supply total 1947 MLD water to the city, the survey found.

The capacity of Tinchha falls is 1630 MLD (million litres per day), Sitalamat falls 311 MLD and Gambhir river upstream 6 MLD.  “Tinchha falls alone could supply four times more water to what the city consumes currently,” Verma said.

To supply water from these water bodies to the city, the IMC would require constructing dams. Three dams would be required at Tinchha falls, two at Shitalamata falls and one at Gambhir upstream, Verma said.  Verma has submitted the survey report to Mayor Malini Gaud who said that they would get its feasibility checked.

Why less cost

The purified Narmada water is pumped up to a height of 534 metres in five stages and travels more than 80 kilometres from Jalud station to reach Indore. It costs Rs 30 per 1,000 litres to collect, purify and transport the drinking water to your home. Rs 150 crore is spent on electricity bill and maintenance works every year for transporting water to your home from Narmada and Rs 30 crore on power bill for drawing water from tubewell.

If Tinchha falls will be the source, water has to be pumped up to 50 metre height and reach your home by covering a distance of merely 30 kilometer. Total Rs 30 crore will spent on electricity bill and maintenance works every year for transporting water from Tinchhafall to your home. That means that the cost of water will be merely Rs 7 to 8 per 1000 litres. Verma said that as per a rough estimate, Rs 1500 crore would be required to setup new water supply network. The cost could be recovered in just 10 years by saving Rs 150 crore on electricity bill.

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