Updated: September 12, 2021 9:06:14 am
TWO YEARS after an alternate-day water supply system came into force in Pimpri-Chinchwad, residents of the industrial city have something to cheer about as the civic administration has decided to restore daily water supply to the area, starting November. The move follows directions from the state government besides near completion of a water supply plan and the filling up of the Pavana dam — the lifeline of Pimpri-Chinchwad.
“We are planning to restore daily water supply to the city from November,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil told The Indian Express on Saturday. “The work on a jackwell in Talwade is nearing completion. After that, we should be able to start daily supply from November,” he added.
In 2019, the civic administration had stopped daily supply to the area and replaced it with an alternate-day arrangement. Despite protests from citizens and political parties, the administration refused to restore the supply, arguing the system was implemented to ensure equitable distribution of water to all parts of the city.
“Pavana dam is full but our system is not ready to make water available every day. In next two months or so, we should be in a position to supply water daily,” said PCMC executive engineer Pravin Ladkat.
Ladkat said Pimpri-Chinchwad will get additional 100 MLD (million litre per day) water from Andra dam from November. “We will be lifting the water from Indrayani River in Talwade. Work on a jackwell will be completed in the next two months. The water will be lifted from Talwade and taken to the purification plant in Chikhali from where it will be supplied to the entire town,” he said.
Additionally, PCMC will also get 200 MLD water from Bhama Askhed dam by next year. “The pipeline-laying work from the dam will take more than a year to complete,” Ladkat said.
While entire Pimpri-Chinchwad is getting water every alternate day, sector-25 in Nigdi Pradhikaran has been getting round-the-clock supply for the last few months. “This is our pilot project, which we plan to extend to the entire industrial town once our water projects are completed. In sector 25, there is a population of 8,000 residents to whom we are currently supplying water 24X7 since May,” said Ladkat. “After the pilot project is successful, it will be initially implemented in six cities,” he added.
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