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Ban construction: IMC

BATTLING AGAINST acute water crisis the Indore Municipal Corporation has written to the Collector urging him to put a ban on all construction work for the time being.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 14:13 IST

BATTLING AGAINST acute water crisis the Indore Municipal Corporation has written to the Collector urging him to put a ban on all construction work for the time being.

Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma and IMC Commissioner Vinod Sharma announced this at a ‘meet the press’ programme here today. They once again stressed that making compulsory power cut for two hours during the time water is distributed since a lot of people draw water directly from the pipes, which affects the supply down the line.

However, the MPESB was not game and they wanted compensation to the tune of Rs 22 lakh for the period in which they were being forced not to supply power. The Commissioner said that the IMC did not have that kind of money to spare, but added that they were trying to find ways out of it and had written to the Chief Minister, Energy Minister, senior MPSEB officials and expected a solution within a few days.

They said that at present the demand in the City was around 200 mgd (million gallons per day), while they were getting 180 mgd. While Narmada was supplying 140 mgd, Yeshwant Sagar was supplying 15 mgd, another 15 mgd was being supplied from other water bodies, and 10 mgd was being supplied from the 500 odd sump wells that the IMC had dug in the recent past.

They said that at present 225 water tankers were supplying water in various parts of the City, especially in the slums and where there was no Narmada water supply, and assured that they would further strengthen the water distribution system through the tankers.

Informing about the steps being taken for water recharging, they said that water-recharging activities was being compulsorily carried out in two tube wells, two wells, one school building. Apart from this, all gardens water tanks etc under the IMC would be brought under purview of water recharging system. They also informed that henceforth construction permission in plots over 2400 would only be given if there is water-recharging provision.

The Commissioner informed that there were plans to close the siphon gates at the Yeshwant Sagar as a lot of water was being wasted during monsoon season.

To replace them sluice gates would be installed wherein water would be released from the bottom of the lake. This would result in large quantity of silt going with the flowing water. At present very little silt went with the water over the siphons gates. He said that an additional four feet of water could be stored if these changes were made.