THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) authorities have decided to run all four pumps at Kolar Filtration Plant after a gap of nine years. The decision was taken to overcome the problem of low discharge of pumps due to low-frequency power supply. Earlier, BMC engineers were saying that running four pumps could be dangerous for the Kolar pipeline.
The BMC ran fourth pump for the fourth time on Sunday in the past ten days due to the low discharge of pumps. On normal days, the BMC runs three motors pumps to provide 34 million gallons per day (mgd) of water to the City. The BMC claimed to have been receiving low frequency power supply for about 18 hours these days,
In this situation, many overhead tanks are not attaining the full tank levels, BMC officials said. According to BMC water works department officials, the power supply frequency has been fluctuating between 48.80 and 49.40 hertz, reducing the water supply from Kolar down to 30 per cent.
When asked, BMC City Engineer (water works) V K Mishra said that since discharge of pumps is low, the danger to the pipeline is almost non-existent, at least now. There has been a constant monitoring of the pump discharge at Kolar. Mishra said the situation would be reviewed after a week to further improve the situation.