The supply of filtered water is set to increase by 20 million gallons per day with KMC mayor Firhad Hakim inaugurating a new plant at Palta waterworks on Thursday.
Once the new plant starts functioning, it will increase the Palta ’s capacity to 262 million gallons a day, helping in the supply of more filtered water to the entire north and central Kolkata and large parts of south.
According to a KMC water supply department official, the augmentation project will initially cater to residents of Cossipore, Dum Dum, Bagbazar, Belgachhia Paikpara, Northern Avenue and R G Kar Road only. However later, residents living in the “scarcity zones” under the of Palta water treatment plant will also benefit once the distribution network is strengthened. “Our initial target is to supply additional filtered water to large areas of north Kolkata in and around Tallah water reservoir. Slowly, we will strengthen our distribution network in the entire Palta-Tallah command zone to supply filtered water to lakhs of residents in north, central and south Kolkata,” a senior official in the KMC water supply department said.
An official in the KMC water supply department said the construction of the new water treatment plant inside Palta waterworks was taken up in 2017 after an old plant, with a capacity to produce 18 million gallons of filtered water every day, got defunct. “The old plant had been malfunctioning since a decade and finally, stopped working in 2017. At that point, we decided to build another plant with augmented capacity to cater to the growing population under the Palta-Tallah command zone. This new plant will go a long way in ensuring uninterrupted filtered water supply to greater parts of the city,” the civic official said. According to him, the new plant will ensure uninterrupted water supply to various parts of the city for another 25 years.
Another official from the KMC water supply department said the civic body was searching for land to set up of “capsule booster pumping stations” in north and central Kolkata so that the capacity of the new water treatment plant could be fully utilized. “We need to set up small water booster pumping stations to supply more water to the targeted population in different ‘scarcity’ pockets in north, central and south Kolkata,” he said.
Source: Times of India