24x7 water supply in Chandigarh from April
The city is likely to get 24X7 water supply with UT administrator and Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore inaugurating work to lay pipelines at the Sector-39 waterworks on October 21 (Friday).punjab Updated: Oct 19, 2016 11:51 IST
The city is likely to get 24X7 water supply with UT administrator and Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore inaugurating work to lay pipelines at the Sector-39 waterworks on October 21 (Friday).
The pipes, to be laid from Jandpur village in SAS Nagar to the waterworks at a cost of Rs 21 crore, will carry an additional 35 Million Gallons a Day (MGD) of water and completely meet the shortfall of around 40%that the city has been battling for long. The project is expected to be completed in six months.
A UK gallon is approximately 4.5 litres. Ensuring 24X7 water supply is also a critical part of the smart city project for which the Centre has also allocated Rs 30 crore. At the foundation stone laying ceremony on Friday, chief ministers of Haryana and Punjab and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher will also be present.
The water to the city is to be supplied from Kajauli waterworks near Morinda, 28km from Chandigarh, and the new project will lay 7-km pipeline from Jandpur village in SAS Nagar to the Sector-39 waterworks.
A Vadodara-based company Spun Pipe Constructions Company will lay the pipes. Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has already laid the pipeline from Kajauli waterworks to Jandpur village with a capacity of 80 MGD. Of this, 40 MGD is meant for SAS Nagar and 40 for Chandigarh.
However, under a separate agreement that the Chandigarh administration entered with Punjab and Haryana, of its 40 MGD share, the UT is to give 5 MGD to SAS Nagar and 3 MGD each to Chandimandir and Panchkula.
With pipes to be laid for these centres, the city will get 35 MGD for its use at least till two years — the time the laying of the pipeline is expected to take.
“We hope that by the next summers, the city will get 24x7 water supply,” said mayor Arun Sood.
The Chandigarh MC will construct the pumping station in Jandpur village and the underground reservoir to make the system work.
For work on the laying of pipes from Kajauli waterworks to the Jandpur village, former UT adviser Vijay Dev had presented a cheque of `98 crore to GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha on July 31, 2015.