A team of experts from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, after conducting a feasibility study, has positively responded to the proposal of the municipal corporation to set up a canal-based water treatment plant at Jassowal village on Patiala-Sangrur road.
However, experts completely disapproved MC's proposal to set up a treatment plant at Rajindera Lake situated in the middle of the city, citing heritage concerns.
Former director of Uttar Pradesh Jal Board, Suresh Chandra, who is presently a consultant and attached with IIT's civic work department, camped for two days in the city to visit the different locations proposed by the civic body.
"However, this was the only free feasibility survey to identify sites to be worked upon in near future. We have also gathered information regarding needs of authorities and will discuss MC's proposal in detail with other hydro experts in IIT", he said.
The team would re-visit Patiala within the coming month with a fresh and tentative blue print of the project to carry out detailed feasibility tests before compiling the final reports.
The project, worth Rs 175 crore, would be set up keeping in view the population of the city 30 years down the line, estimated to be nearly seven lakh at that time.
A team of engineers from the state water supply and sewerage board, PWD, irrigation department and Bhakra main line had drafted some proposals to set up treatment projects at different places, which were sent to IIT experts.
In the blueprint, the MC had proposed to set up a treatment plant at Rajindra Lake, situated in the middle of the city, which would cater to the water needs of around 2.5 lakh people of the city residing in areas located across the railway line.
The MC had also proposed to set up two projects at Jassowal village, 7km from Patiala, in an area of nearly 30 acres.
Sub-divisional officer of the water supply and sanitation department Suresh Kumar, who accompanied IIT experts, said they visited several sites for the project.
"With adequate land and its proximity to the Bhahkra main line canal, the project can be installed at Jassowal village only," he said.
Kumar added that the engineers had been acquainted with the requirements of the project, and also handed fresh blue prints to be analyse with the help of other experts, before re-visiting for final feasibility survey.
With the installation of this project, Patiala could use its mandatory share of 35 cusecs of water, which now goes to Haryana as there is no facility to use the canal water