Indore: City residents will face tough days as the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) is planning to shut down water supply, partially from Narmada Phase-I and II due to maintenance work from February 17 from 6 am. The shutdown is proposed to be over by February 27.
Earlier, this shut down was scheduled from February 9 to 20, but due to pending Narmada line work in certain areas the shutdown was postponed. This is the second time the IMC will shut down Narmada water supply for laying new supply lines and completing maintenance work.
Earlier, it had shut down Narmada water supply from July 23, 2018 to October 8, 2018 and spent more than Rs 26 crore for maintenance. IMC water works in-charge Balram Verma said that earlier a 1,290 metre Narmada supply line was laid in Rau and 940 metre line near Toll Plaza in Mhow.
He added that out of the proposed 540 metre line in Cantonment Board, Mhow 130 metre line was remaining to be laid. During this shut down we are planning to complete that stretch. Narmada is the main source of water to the city. Water from the river is supplied in three phases – I, II and III. The city requires around 400 MLD of water.
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.
IMC to reduce shortage problem
Verma said that the capacity of Narmada Phase-III is 360 MLD and we will now utilize the Phase-III to its full capacity (usually Phase-III is used up to 270 MLD only). He further added that an additional 45 MLD water supply will be directed from Ashapura to the city for meeting the city’s water requirement. This will add up to be 405 MLD water supplies in the city. In case of any further shortage, IMC will use water tankers to meet the water requirement of city residents.