More than four lakh people living in Kestopur, Baguiati, Tegharia and both sides of VIP Road till the airport will get filtered water soon. The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation has planned to set up overhead water tanks in these areas to supply filtered water from the New Town treatment plant. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) is preparing a detailed project report. Presently, the water demand of the entire area is met by underground water but there is still shortage. The situation turns worse during the peak summer season. “Presently, around 4.5 million gallons of water from underground reserve is used every day to meet the demands of this huge area — from ward No. 1 to ward No. 21 under the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. Once the water tanks are set up, the problem of water shortage will be a thing of the past as we will be able to bring more than 10 million gallons per day (MGD) of filtered water from the New Town plant,” said an official of the corporation’s water supply department. The New Town water treatment plant, from where water would be supplied, has a storage capacity of 100 MGD. “Already, plots have been identified where the tanks will be set up. Our objective is to provide the residents of these areas with sweet filtered water just like Salt Lake,” said Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation mayor Sabyasachi Dutta. According to plans, one water tank will cater to two adjacent wards. A few wards, though, will have their own tanks. Land marking work is going on and KMDA is preparing a DPR following which the cost estimates will be fixed before floating tenders. Work of laying pipeline is also on.
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