Engineers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, will prepare a feasibility report for canal-based water supply scheme in Patiala.
The municipal corporation's finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting on Friday passed a resolution to write to the IIT authorities and pay them adequate expenditure to prepare the feasibility report for the project, which would help the MC ensure a 24-hour water supply in the areas under the MC jurisdiction.
"You can't get better engineers than the IIT Roorkee to do the job. Talks have already been on with the IIT authorities," said mayor Amarinder Bajaj.
Terming it as a dream project for the city, Bajaj said a team of engineers from the state water supply and sewerage board, PWD, irrigation department and Bhakra main line (BML) had already drafted some proposals to set up the canal water-based treatment projects at different places after taking note of the feasibility in different areas.
"The blueprints of the proposals will be sent to engineers at the IIT, which will analyse the proposals and locations and later visit the city to carry out feasibility surveys to see whether it can be set up at a feasible location, as proposed by us, without any hiccups," said Bajaj."The engineers will closely look at ways to lay water pipelines from the Bhakra canal, passing along the boundary of the city, to the treatment plants," he added.
The project, worth Rs 175 crore, would be set up keeping in view the population of the city 30 years down the line and catering to a population of five lakh. According to information, with the installation of this project, Patiala city can use the water, which now goes to Haryana as there is no facility to use the canal water.
In the blueprint, the MC has 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 the walled and old areas located across the railway line.
The mayor said they also proposed to set up two projects at Jassowal village, 7 km from Patiala, by using around 30 acres of land available in the village, along with a treatment plant at Rajindra Lake.
"We will also propose to the IIT engineers to plan setting up a complete treatment plant at a single site near the city for which the MC has not finalised the land yet," said Bajaj.