The Indore Municipal Corporation is gearing up for a massive overhaul of drinking water supply system with the central government approving Rs 770 crore under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation.
“Most of our old water supply network is in dilapidated state. Additionally, we have to lay network in 29 villages included in the municipal territory,” mayor Malini Gaud said.
After approval of the `770 crore plan from the Centre a couple of months ago, the civic body appointed a Nagpur-based consultant for preparing a detailed project report by carrying out topographic survey and GIS mapping of the area, she said.
The detailed project report will be ready within a fortnight and it would be put before the urban administration department for appraisal, said an official, who is closely associated with the project.
“We plan to execute works in the span of four to five years. The entire drinking water distribution network from Jalud (Narmada water is being lifted, treated and supplied to the city) to households needs an overhaul. The entire plan is being drawn keeping population of 2040 in mind,” she said.
At present, the corporation is losing about 67 per cent of revenue from water tax due to leakages and non-payment of taxes. On the other hand, it incurs a significant amount of revenue on treatment of Narmada water at Jalud in Khargone district and transporting it more than 70 km to supply in the city.
“The water, we are supplying to the city, is the costliest. It costs `29 per 1,000 liters to lift, purify, transport it from Jalud to Indore,” said a corporation engineer.
Gaud said: “There are several loop holes in our water supply system.
Despite 80 overhead tanks, there are several black holes where water supply is nil. We are not being able to make optimum use of some overhead tanks because of their locations.”
The new plan is being prepared with use of satellite imagery, GIS mapping and topographic study of the city, which will help in fixing loop holes and minimise losses, she said.