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Many areas go waterless, thanks to power cut

NEARLY 20 per cent of the City?s population was forced to go waterless today as a result of power to Narmada pumping stations being cut off several times last night.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 15:20 IST

NEARLY 20 per cent of the City’s population was forced to go waterless today as a result of power to Narmada pumping stations being cut off several times last night.

Due to the shutdown, 22 overhead tanks (OHTs) could only be filled partially and this severely dented morning water supply, especially in eastern parts of the City. Krishi Nagar, Ambedkar Nagar, Sudama Nagar, parts of Vaishali Nagar and Khajrana were among the areas worst affected.

Coming in the midst of soaring temperatures, the disruption gave a foretaste of things to come once the Narmada becomes the City’s sole source of water, as is likely to happen around May 10 when Yeshwant Sagar reserves are expected to run out.
Serpentine queues were witnessed at public stand posts at Radio Colony, Sudama Nagar and localities in and around Khajrana as people lined up with an array of vessels to collect water. For most it turned out to be a long wait as it took the trickling taps 15-20 minutes to disgorge a bucketful of water.

Seething residents vented their anger at the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) for failing to ensure uninterrupted water supply. “The Corporation says it has spent Rs 1.50 crore (actually it’s Rs 1.24 crore) on arranging supply through tankers. If electricity to the pumping stations was cut off the Corporation should have sent tankers to the affected areas. Why wasn’t this done?” P S Sirwale a resident of Sudama Nagar demanded to know.

Narmada Project Executive Engineer H N Tiwari said the pumping stations could not be operated at optimum capacity owing to power cuts from 8.30 to 9.00 pm on Monday and again from 9.15 to 9.45 pm. “As a result 18 OHTs that supply water to the eastern parts of Indore, as well as four OHTs catering to western area of the City could only be filled by 2-3 metres”.

This, he added, led to curtailed water supply as a “level of 4-6 metres is required for normal supply”. Tiwari, however, said the water supply quanta would have been much lower had the PHE not chalked out a strategy for equitable distribution after learning of the power cut last evening. ‘‘It was decided to distribute equal amounts of water (3 m) to OHTs located in water-scarce areas like PWD, Yeshwant Club and Sudama Nagar by reducing pressure”.

The insufficient pressure, however, resulted in the Hawa Bungalow OHT, which supplies five lakh gallons of water to Vaishali Nagar and Chandan Nagar on alternate days, being deprived of supply. “The tank requires supply at great pressure as it is located at a much higher level than other OHTs. As the pressure was inadequate the tank remained unfilled,” added the Executive Engineer.

The Narmada Project official claimed that normal supply would be witnessed on Thursday, the next day the City’s eastern part is slated to get Narmada water.

The justification
MAYOR-IN-COUNCIL member in-charge of Waterworks department Munnalal Yadav said, “It is incorrect to say that tankers were not pressed into service. However, certain areas may not have received supply through tankers, as there are only a limited number of vehicles.

Also, several of the 74 hydrants established to feed tankers have run dry and water levels at others have depleted. The low pressure delays the filling of tankers which, in turn, holds up supply to needy areas.”