Capsule water booster pumping stations have become Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s answer to water scarcity and elimination of groundwater usage in large parts of the city. Unable to find appropriate land for construction of large booster pumping stations in areas where citizens have been facing acute water crisis, the KMC top brass decided to lap up small plots to construct miniscule pumping stations.
In 2018, the water supply department selected a small plot — three cottahs — near Behala Flying Club to build a small booster pumping station. This station, which started operations last year, turned out to be the first capsule booster pumping station in the city. Going by its success, the civic administration started a hunt for such small plots and succeeded in finding 15 of them which were used to set up capsule booster pumping stations to supply potable water from the Garden Reach, Wattgunge and Dhapa treatment plants.
These small plots, measuring between 2.5 cottahs and 4 cottahs, were mainly required for busy areas where citizens either faced acute water shortage or were forced to drink groundwater in absence of filtered water. With the passage of time, such capsule booster pumping stations became popular as they could solve the crisis without taking up huge plots of land.
According to a water supply department official, after construction of 15 capsule water booster pumping stations, the civic body has come to a position where potable water is being supplied to around one million people who would drink groundwater or had been suffering from acute water scarcity. Some of the areas where the capsule water pumping stations have come up in the past two years include Garden Reach, Kidderpore, Behala, Kalighat, Tollygunge, Jadavpur and areas located off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.
However, a KMC official pointed out that the job of supplying filtered water to citizens from treatment plants was yet to be complete. “We are on a mission of augmenting filtered water supply to cater to growing needs — especially in areas where housing complexes are coming up. In the second phase, we need to set up 13 capsule booster pumping stations by the next year to take care the increasing need for filtered water. We have identified small plots in the added areas and construction is going on for 10 such stations. We hope to wind up the construction by early 2021,” said a water supply department official.
After assuming office, mayor Firhad Hakim had asked the civic top brass to concentrate on setting up booster pumping stations as chief minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed him to ensure that citizens in large areas of Jadavpur, Behala, Tollygunge and EM Bypass could have access to safe drinking water.
Source: Times of India