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Civic boost for Dhapa water treatment plant

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Residents of areas such as Mukundapur, Kalikapur, Madurdaha, Kasba and Prince Anwar Shah Road connector are likely to get some relief from water crisis soon as Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to augment the capacity of the Jai Hind water treatment plant at Dhapa by 20 million gallons. At present, the water treatment plant that caters to other large areas off EM Bypass has a capacity to produce 40 million gallons of water every day.

Apart from this, the KMC water supply department will set up a water treatment plant on EM Bypass near Shahid Khudiram Metro station. The plant will be designed to produce 10 million gallons of potable water, mayor Firhad Hakim said on Tuesday. He said the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) will handover a seven-acre plot to the KMC water supply department for construction of the facility. This plant will mitigate water scarcity in areas such as Patuli, Garia, Baishnabghata, Gangulibagan, Baghajatin and Jadavpur.

“We have planned to set up a water treatment plant on EM Bypass close to Shahid Khudiram Metro station to take care of the water crises in various pockets of Jadavpur and areas off EM Bypass. The augmentation of Jai Hind water treatment plant will be done keeping to cater to the growing demand for potable water among the residents of EM Bypass” Hakim said.

Hakim conceded that residents in some parts of the city, especially those on the southern fringes including in Behala, Tollygunge and Jadavpur, had been facing water crisis during the peak of summer. Hakim was responding to queries from a section of the opposition Left Front councillors in the KMC house on Tuesday.

CPM councillor from Garia Chayan Bhattacharya complained of acute water shortage. According to Bhattacharya, while the demand for potable water was rising with the soaring temperature, supply was dipping. “People don’t have access to safe drinking water in large areas of Garia. They get drinking water from underground sources. Now, that the mayor is planning to set up a water treatment plant close to Garia, we hope to get potable water. We also hope that the plant will be constructed within the set deadline,” Bhattacharya said.

Another CPM councillor Mrintunjoy Chakraborty alleged that large areas of Tollygunge — including Netajinagar, Bansdroni and Bijoygarh — were reeling under a water crisis. “Thousands of people still depend on groundwater in these areas,” Chakraborty said.

Hakim said the Garden Reach water treatment plant augmentation is likely to be over by December. It will ensure supply of filtered water to areas where some are now forced to draw groundwater for drinking.

Source: Times Of India

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