Little water at relocation site
VERY LOW levels of groundwater and unavailability or any other adequate water resources have raised doubts over the feasibility of the dairy relocation site at Malikhedi on the outskirts of the City.india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:14 IST
VERY LOW levels of groundwater and unavailability or any other adequate water resources have raised doubts over the feasibility of the dairy relocation site at Malikhedi on the outskirts of the City.
The Bhopal Municipal Corporation has already spent more than Rs 50 lakh on the project and is now caught in a piquant situation as regards the implementation of the project. The implementation of the project in haste without considering its feasibility has created doubts in the mind of officials and elected representatives of BMC.
A similar project was implemented in Kokta back in 1976 for the relocation of dairies. However, most of the dairy owners returned to the City or declined to go there despite the availability of water. Now, it is feared that the Malikhedi project is likely to face the same fate.
The BMC has dug up about half a dozen tube-well at Malikhedi to ensure water supply to the dairy owners. However, the BMC’s Water Works Department officials said that the groundwater level at these tube-wells is inadequate for these dairies. BMC chairman Ramdayal Prajapati, who owns agriculture land in the vicinity, also said that the groundwater availability in the area is very poor.
He said that the cattle require more water in comparison to human beings. “These six tube-wells would not be able to supply enough was for the cattle complex. The reality would come out once the dairies are shifted there”, he added.
The alternative water resource could be Halali Dam, which is about 20-25 kilometer from the site. Bringing water from such a distance could be a costly affair.
When asked, BMC Deputy City Engineer A K Nanda admitted that there are doubts about the groundwater availability in the area. However, he said that the water is available in all the tube-wells dug up at the site.
The project for the development of cattle complex on over 50-acre of land was prepared about one and half year back. In the first phase, the BMC administration would shift about 100 dairies situated in the vicinity of Upper Lake.
There are 765 dairies situated in the State capital. The BMC has planned to develop the infrastructure at Malikhedi at a cost of Rs 1.25 crore. The dairy owners would be given a plot of 1500 square feet each for housing 10 cattle.