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Dhapa capacity boost to enhance water supply

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Prodded by the chief minister’s office, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has planned to augment the capacity of Dhapa water treatment plant that supplies potable water to large areas located off EM Bypass and places adjacent to Jadavpur.

According to sources in the KMC water supply department, the authorities are keen on enhancing the capacity of the water treatment plant by10 million gallons per day. Currently, the plant produces 30 million gallons water per day. “When the project is over, more than 2 lakh people living in areas like Baghajatin, Santoshpur (Jadavpur), Garfa, Haltu and places off EM Bypass such as Patuli, Mukundapur, Kalikapur, Madurdaha and parts of Anwar Shah Road connector will reap the benefits,” said a KMC water supply department senior official.

However, this treated water is grossly insufficient to cater to the drinking water need of more than a million people staying in areas off Bypass or adjacent to Jadavpur, conceded a KMC water supply department official.

“We knew that with the growth in population in areas along the Bypass, there will be a spurt in demand of treated water from Dhapa treatment plant. Accordingly, we had kept a provision for production of another 10 million gallons water from the plant. Today we have no alternatives but to tap the capacity of the plant to enhance water production,” said a KMC official.

The decision to take up an augmentation plan for the Dhapa water treatment plant was taken after chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s instructions.

The CM recently asked Firhad Hakim to focus on the water scarcity in Jadavpur-Tollygunge area and places off EM Bypass. Hakim in turn asked the KMC water supply department officials to explore the possibility of augmenting the capacity of Dhapa water treatment plant.

“We are now ready with a blueprint of the augmentation project. Apart from enhancing the capacity of the plant, which draws untreated water from Mayer Ghat in Bagbazar, we need to lay water pipes in areas where residents have no access to piped water. The entire exercise may take a year,” said a KMC water supply department official.

Work for augmentation will start after an estimation of project cost and a nod from KMC finance department.

Source: Times of India

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