THE shutdown at pumping stations of Mahi-Pariaj and Narmada pipeline network on Sunday is likely to throw water supply out of gear for a few days in several districts of Saurashtra region.
Pumping stations at Navda near Barwala in Ahmedabad district,Gadhda in Bhavnagar district and Chavand in Amreli district stopped functioning from early morning for a 24-hour-long shutdown for maintenance and upgrade. Routine maintenance was to be undertaken by Pascim Gujarat Vij Company Limited (PGVCL),the distribution company which supplies power to these station,at Navda,it was to do stringing of a new connection at Gadhda station. At Chavand,PGVCL changed cables and serviced its transformers.
However,this disruption is likely to affect water schedule of towns and thousands of villages of Amreli,Bhavnagar,Rajkot and Junagadh districts which get drinking water though this pipeline network. Narmada water pumped from Navda reaches hundreds of kilometre away in Jungadh through this extensive network.
Last week,we supplied water twice. But the shutdown is likely to affect our schedule. It is likely to cause delay at least of a day, Sagar Radadia,chief officer of Amreli municipality said on Sunday. Amreli town used to get once a week. But district administration requested additional Narmada water last week after people of the town observed a bandh and took out a huge protest rally.
The situation is similar in Junagadh town where water is supplied every third of fourth day.
However,villages are worst off. They are completely dependent on daily supply though this line in absence of storage facilities.