A Rs 38-crore water treatment plant built by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) to supply water to the residents of the west and south regions in the city has run into trouble,with water supply becoming irregular less than a month after it started.
The Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Limited (SSNNL),which had agreed to supply 75 million litres per day (MLD) water from the Narmada canal running from nearby Sekhri village to the plant,has withdrawn the initial agreement that it had entered with the VMC and has put in new conditions which the civic body is finding hard to meet,leading to the trouble between the two parties,which is affecting water supply.
The plant was inaugurated by state Energy and Industries Minister Saurabh Patel on September 13. It had become operational after a nearly three-year delay.
The supply of water from the canal to the treatment plant was cut off by the SSNNL on October 6,the reason for which was the failure of the VMC to execute the agreement it had reached with the SSNNL,officials of the state government undertaking that governs Narmada water said.
Though we have resumed water supply to the treatment plant,we wont be able to do so for long unless the VMC executes the agreement. Water supply was cut down because of the failure of the VMC to execute our agreement, executive engineer,SSNNL,G J Rai said.
The civic body on its part said that it had deposited Rs 3.75 crore as part of an an agreement entered with the SSNNL in August 2013 for supply of 75 MLD water,ahead of making the plant operational. The SSNNL has now added a new condition. It wants the VMC to construct an intake structure near the canal which is 40 km away from the treatment plant,which will incur additional cost, executive engineer,VMC,Amrut Makwana said.
Taking a dig at the ongoing tussle between the two bodies,former deputy mayor from Congress,Chirag Zaveri,said the project was important for the city as it contributed nearly 15% of the total water supplied to the city. The work on the project had begun in December 2009 and was expected to get over in October 2010.