IN ONE of its biggest operations, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) will pull down more than half of the existing overhead water tanks in the city, in the next 45 days.
According to a recent survey by the AMC, there are 191 overhead water tanks in the city, out of which 99 are to be pulled down. On the basis of their network, capacity and strength, among other parameters, 118 are in use and the remaining 73 old dilapidated structures are not in use. Of the 118 operational water tanks, 26 are in a dilapidated condition and have been identified to be brought down.
The survey was conducted after the collapse of an overhead water tank in Bopal area, on August 12 this year, killed three and injured six others. A report on the incident was sought by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Ghatlodiya being a part of his constituency. Another overhead water tank collapsed on November 3 in Ghatlodiya area, though there was no casualty.
“No water tank has been pulled down all these years. Undertaking such an operation on a war-footing, where more than half of the existing overhead water tanks would be brought down, will be the first such operation by AMC,” said AMC Commissioner Vijay Nehra.
Using technology like GIS-enabled mapping of the water tanks, as well as supervisory control and data acquisition, a computer system will be used to collect and analyse data on real time basis regarding the water supply network in houses of each zone and ward.
The AMC has prepared a plan, phase 1 of which will be complete within 3-4 days. “Being a difficult operation which would otherwise take anywhere between 2 to 4 years, we have decided to complete this within 45 days,” revealed Nehra.
Ensuring that no water supply would be disrupted in the city during this operation, the AMC authorities have claimed that a team of over 100 engineers are working round-the-clock.
“Pulling down of the tanks will begin after alternate arrangements for water supply are done in the command areas. Water supply would be done either through new pipelines and connecting these to the neighbouring pumping stations, or using new technology water pumps,” Nehra said adding no water tankers will be used.
“The Union Home Minister had sought a report on the Ghatlodiya incident and discussed the issue with me. I had apprised him about the plan,” Nehra added.
Out of the 73 non-operational overhead tanks, which are in an extremely dangerous condition, 42 have been pulled down since the Bopal incident.
To avoid any such incident, the dilapidated structures will be barricaded and a notice will be placed in the area.
The tanks are said to be over 25-30 years old.
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