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With new pumping project, water woes of Pithoragarh to be over: Pant

The current finance minister Prakash Pant is said to have lost the 2012 assembly election from the Pithoragarh seat mainly on account of the drinking water-related problems in the city.

dehradun Updated: Feb 11, 2018 21:06 IST
Abhinav Madhwal and BD Kasniyal
Finance Minister Prakash Pant.
Finance Minister Prakash Pant.(HT FILE)

The Awlaghat drinking water project, which was completed this year, has been an ambitious project for providing potable water to Pithorahagarh city, which has been facing water crisis.

The project aims to solve the drinking water crisis in the city, but only time will tell its efficacy.

The current finance minister Prakash Pant is said to have lost the 2012 assembly election from the Pithoragarh seat mainly on account of the drinking water-related problems in the city. After winning from the Pithoragarh assembly seat in 2017, Pant had said that his main aim would be to solve the drinking water crisis.

Pant has now said that the water crisis has been solved with the completion of the Awlaghat Pumping project.

“The Awlaghat project will be dedicated to the service of the city from March 23 and it will solve the problem of drinking water in Pithoraghgarh for the next 20-25 years. The pumping project will provide 8 MLD (million litres per day) of water, while the demand is for 12 MLD. We are getting 4 MLD of water per day from other sources and the water problem will be over,” said Pant.

However, Pithoragarh’s people have doubts before the launch of the project.

“We have been facing water crisis for last 30 years as the already existing lift drinking water scheme used to break down every now and then. We hope this problem will be solved in March,” said Bhagwan Rawat, president of Pithoragarh Lok Manch.

Another Pithoragarh resident Komal Singh Mehta said that the water that flows from Awanlaghat scheme needs to be equally distributed. Some wards have been getting ample drinking water while others have been facing a shortage.

The 12MLD Awanlaghat drinking water scheme has been constructed at the cost of Rs 79crore loaned from Asian Development Bank. The water lifted from Awlaghat will reach Chandak by lifting at five stages at Awalaghat, Sil Jajurali, Bas and Dhunga and fill a 50lakh liters tank at Chandak.