Indore may soon get an additional supply of 90 MLD (million liters per day) of Narmada drinking water, with the municipal corporation planning to upgrade the existing capacities of Narmada Phase - I, II and III projects at Jalud village in Khargone district, officials said.
At present these projects supply about 347 MLD of drinking water to Indore, Mandleshwar, Mane, Gawli Palasia, Ashapura, Kodariya, Rau, Dewas (in summers) and 22 villages of Maheshwar.
Indore residents are supplied Narmada drinking water only on alternate days and that too for 20-40 minutes. Many colonies in the city are still devoid of drinking water supply.
With the recent inclusion of 29 villages into the municipal limits, pressure is mounting on the corporation to lay new pipelines to those villages and supply adequate drinking water to them.
On Monday, mayor Malini Gaud, municipal commissioner Manish Singh, water works department in-charge Balram Verma along with engineers and other corporation officials visited the water intake, treatment and pumping stations at Jalud and surrounding areas to comprehend feasibility of enhancing existing capacities of the projects.
“Given the austere situation of drinking water supply in the city and rising demands from residents, it is essential we step up the existing capacities of these plants and supply clean drinking water to the corner-most habitation in Indore,” said Gaud.
Currently the Phase-I and Phase-II combined are supplying about 167 MLD of drinking water, and Phase-III project working below its installed capacity is supplying 180 MLD of drinking water to the city and surrounding areas.
DS Patel, the executive engineer of the projects said, “We can enhance the capacity of Phase-III project. Its total installed capacity is 900 MLD, and is currently supplying 180 MLD.”
“We are planning to step up the Narmada Phase-III by 90 MLD; besides, the Phase-I project which completed more than 30 years needs repairing and had to be stopped for brief period,” said municipal commissioner Singh.
How narmada water comes to your homes
The purified Narmada water is pumped up to a height of 534 metres in five stages and travels more than 70 kilometres to reach Indore
It costs Rs 29 per 1,000 litres to collect, purify and transport the drinking water to Indore
Rs 10 crore is spent on electricity bill and maintenance works every month
The total outstanding electricity due on Indore Municipal Corporation till March-2015 is Rs 467.71 crore