Indore: Tough days are ahead for residents of the city as they would have to learn to meet their daily need of water with lesser amount of water. For 65 days, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is shutting down supply of water to the city from Narmada Phase-I and II.

“We are taking shutdown for maintenance of pipelines which have damaged and leaking lot of water,” said IMC water works incharge Balram Verma. Narmada river is the main source of water to the city. The water from the river is supplied in three phases – I, II and III.

Total 450 MLD water is supplied through Narmada – around 180 MLD from Phase-I & II and 270 MLD from Phase-III. But according to Verma that entire 450 MLD does not reach to the city. Merely 400 MLD water reaches to the city as around 50 MLD water leaked from damaged pipelines of Narmada Phase-I and II.

“Therefore, it has become extremely important to stop the leakage. For it, we are taking up pipeline repair and replacement work in hand which will continue for more than two months,” Verma said. For 65 days, 180 MLD water (actually 130 MLD as around 50 MLD leaks due to damaged pipelines), which is supplied to the city through Phase-I and II, will not reach the city because of the shutdown.

Thus only 270 MLD water would be supplied to the city. Verma said that the capacity of Narmada Phase-III is 360 MLD. “We are not harassing its full capacity. But as Phase-I and II will be shutdown, we will exploit full capacity of Phase-III. We will bring 360 MLD water from Phase-III,” he said.

Verma stated the city requires total 400 MLD water. “So we will be about 40 MLD water short,” he said. He stated that they needed to take shutdown in February but they did not as summer was ahead. “We let the summer passed and now taking shutdown in monsoon as requirement of water in rainy days will be comparatively lesser,” he added.

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