Decades before, overhead water tanks were one of the major sources to supply potable water to the residents. However, most of these tanks have now become only a landmark as they have been lying unused since the last 12 years due to direct supply from tubewells.
Out of two dozen overhead water tanks in the city, only 10 are in working condition. Out of the remaining 14, some need repair while others have been declared abandoned.
The tanks which were built in the eighties and nineties by the public health department to provide clean and adequate water supply to the residents now cost up to Rs. 1 crore.
The water storing capacity of each tank is around one to two lakh gallons and they were filled by authorities at night to supply water in the morning.
The tank was basically built to provide flow in water as when water came down a height, it acquired pace due to kinetic energy and was able to reach every house.
As the number of tubewells increased in the city, authorities decided to supply water directly to the households instead of filling the overhead tanks and then releasing the supply, which was a long process.
Authorities have not yet decided what to do with the overhead water tanks as a result of which they are still lying unused.
Sources say repairing the tanks is very expensive and due to fund crunch, the civic body has been unable to take any action.
The tanks need regular cleaning within short spans of time otherwise the water gets contaminated or produces a stench. Regular cleaning of these big tanks was becoming a tough job for the civic authorities.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti said he would look into the matter to decide what to do.
“After checking the condition of water tanks, we will repair those possible and the abandoned tanks will be demolished,” he said.