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Tough times for IMC

IN SYNC with rising temperatures, the demand for water is slowly coming to a boil. Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has managed to keep the lid on the kettle for now but it is only a matter of time before civic bosses will have to make a few hard choices.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2007 23:53 IST

IN SYNC with rising temperatures, the demand for water is slowly coming to a boil. Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has managed to keep the lid on the kettle for now but it is only a matter of time before civic bosses will have to make a few hard choices.

To wit, whether to quell public anger over disrupted supply by dedicating the entire quanta of available water to the City or siphon off Narmada supply to adjoining areas in return for much-needed revenue.

Civic bosses may not have much time to decide. Although summer is still several swallows away, already officials in Dewas have tendered a request for supplying 1.5 million gallons daily (MGD) to the IMC. A missive to this effect was sent by the DMC to municipal commissioner Vinod Sharma recently.

“The officials pointed out that the existing Kshipra river reserves would only serve them till February 10 and urged the IMC to provide the City with 15 lakh litres of water,” Mayor-in-Council (MiC) member in-charge of Waterworks Munnalal Yadav said.

He, however, is guarded about whether or not the corporation would be willing to play ball. “A final decision will be taken only after the request has been placed before the mayoral council,” he said.

It may be noted that the DMC owes the City nearly Rs 60 lakh in outstanding water bills, a sum that the corporation is yet to receive despite several reminders and even a complaint to the State Government.  Would the IMC make clearance of past bills a prerequisite for water supply?  “Well, we will obviously try our best to recover the amount. However, if water scarcity in Dewas is really acute we will waive off the payment demand on humanitarian grounds,” Yadav said.