The wait is over. Residents of Patuli, Garia, Baghajatin and Gangulibagan will get the much-awaited filtered water from the middle of this month. The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start supplying filtered water to the residents of these areas, which fall under its four wards, from Jai Hind water treatment plant at Dhapa. Mayor Firhad Hakim is scheduled to inaugurate an underground and an overhead water reservoirs at Patuli on September 12.
After the inauguration, the civic body will supply filtered water to residents in large areas of Patuli, Kanungo Park, Srinagar (Garia), Naktala, Gangulibagan, Baghajatin and Vidyasagar Palli where filtered water could not be supplied from Dhapa in absence of a proper storage capacity. According to Arup Chakraborty, Trinamool councillor of ward 110 (Patuli area), the water project will take care of the areas where people still depend on ground water.
“This project will not only solve water crisis in Garia—Baghajatin belt, but also minimize people’s dependence on ground water,” Chakraborty said. A KMC water supply department official conceded that the project would be beneficial for the residents of Vidyasagar Palli,Ramgarh and Gangulibagan where Hepatitis-A had spread in recent times.
Shyamal Ghosh, a resident of Vidyasagar Palli, expressed happiness over the supply of filtered water to the area. His family members were tested positive for Hepatitis-A. Prodded by the chief minister Mamata Banerjee, Hakim took up a project for construction of underground and overhead reservoirs at Patuli 18 months ago. As the project suffered funds crunch midway, the civic authorities pumped in funds on war-footing so that the project could meet the deadline.
Debasish Mukherjee, the RSP councillor representing Hepatitis-hit Ramgarh and Vidyasagar Palli areas, expressed satisfaction over the civic body’s decision to supply filtered water. “It is indeed a matter of satisfaction that the residents of large areas of Garia–Baghajatin belt will now get filtered water. But we need to have sufficient amount of water from Dhapa to replace the use of ground water,” Mukherjee said
A KMC water supply department official said that around 2 million gallons of water would be supplied to these areas from next week.
Bipasha Pal, a teacher and a resident of Gangulibagan, said the supply of filtered water would reduce her monthly expenditure as the family has been buying packaged drinking water.
Source: Times of India