Centre approves 24 X 7 water supply system for Kolkata

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) The Centre has approved a 24 X 7 water supply system for Garulia Municipality, Kolkata and two new water supply projects for Kalyan-Dombivali under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

In Kolkata, the project will provide water supply for 24 hours raising supply levels from 84 lpcd to 135 lpcd for the town and will be covering 100 per cent of households within the municipality with water connections including all poor and minority households.

Currently 40 per cent of 15,563 households are connected with water supply connections. This project will also reduce water wastage from 38 per cent to 15 per cent and will collect user charges with metering of connections with concession for slum dwellers at Rs 1.95 per kilolitre against domestic users charges of Rs 3.50 per kilolitre and commercial rates of Rs 18 per kilolitre.

The total cost of the Project is Rs 56.92 crore with total Central Assistance of Rs 16.51 crores. Currently there are 21 deep tube wells providing eight hours of water through asbestos pipelines in this Municipality. The project envisages shift to surface water supply as ground water levels are deteriorating and there are problems of arsenic toxicity in some areas.

Two new water supply projects for 150 MLD for Kalyan-Dombivali have also been sanctioned for which 408 MLD has been alloted in Ulhas basin and will avoid purchase of raw water from MIDC leading to savings of Rs.9 crores per annum.

The project cost is Rs 113 crore which will cover a population of 10.47 lakh in the project area and is expected to be completed by October 2010. The ongoing project in the area covers 25.20 sq km and this project will cover the balance area in this municipality of 4.95 sq. kms thereby ensuring cent per cent coverage of water supply in Kalyan-Dombivali.


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