In a bid to put a ban on using groundwater and augment filtered water supply in different city areas, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has planned to set up 11 capsule booster pumping stations in the next two years. The matter was discussed on Wednesday at the mayor-in-council meeting held at the civic headquarters. Among the 11 stations, the one at Kayasthapara (Kasba) was inaugurated on Wednesday and three others — Bansdroni (Tollygunge), Panchasayar (EM Bypass) and Jodhpur Park — will become operational by this weekend.
For the remaining seven such capsule booster pumping stations, land has either been earmarked or the process of search is still on. Some of the areas where the land has been earmarked include Manasatala (Kidderpore), Behala and Shraddhananda Park (Amherst Street). Search for land is on in areas like Behala, Tollygunge Jadavpur and areas located off EM Bypass, a KMC water supply department official said.
According to a KMC water supply department official, the focus of the department was on replacing ground water with filtered water. “Our motto now is very clear. We have taken up augmentation of water treatment plants in a major way. I want the results of such augmentation to reach the citizens who are even now dependent on groundwater. Keeping in mind paucity of land, we have identified small plots where capsule booster pumping stations will come up. We will build more such booster pumping stations to replace groundwater usage, especially in added areas, like Garden Reach, Behala, Tollygunge and areas along EM Bypass,” mayor Firhad Hakim said.
Sources in the KMC water supply department said special stress was being laid on construction of capsule booster pumping stations in large areas of Behala and Tollygunge. “We have already built four water booster pumping stations in Behala and identified land for two more that will come up in the next two years. Similarly, such booster pumping stations have been inaugurated in Golf Green, Pallisree, Baghajatin and another station constructed at Bansdroni will be inaugurated this week,” said a KMC water supply department official.
On Wednesday, residents of Kayasthapara and other areas in Kasba gathered in large numbers during the inauguration of a capsule booster pumping station. Sambit Guha, a senior manager with a pharmaceutical company and a resident of Kayasthapara, expressed satisfaction over construction of the booster pumping station as now they would get filtered water from Dhapa water treatment plant.
“Now we will be relieved of the burden of buying mineral water regularly as the quality of groundwater is very bad,” Guha said.
“In large areas located adjacent to Bansdroni, Naktala and Garia, a section of citizens is still dependent on groundwater. Our new station at Bidhanpalli will minimize that. However, we will need to set up another booster pumping station in the belt,” said a KMC water supply department official.
Source: Times of India