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BMC mulls over revival of old scheme

THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) is considering reviving an old scheme by using two decade-old pipeline to bring water from the Kerwa Dam to tide over water scarcity.

india Updated: Mar 17, 2006 13:46 IST

THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) is considering reviving an old scheme by using two decade-old pipeline to bring water from the Kerwa Dam to tide over water scarcity.

Though the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department had laid the pipeline from Kerwa Dam to Bhadbhada way back in 1984, it was not being used on a regular basis.

The Kerwa Dam proved to be a major support for the City’s water supply system when water level in the Upper Lake had gone below the dead storage level.

The pipeline was used twice – once in 1985 and then in 2002. It was suggested that the use of pipeline on a permanent basis for the water supply would help deal with the water crisis.

It was suggested that about four million gallons per day (mgd) water could be lifted from Kerwa Dam. The water would be supplied after its filtration at Bhadbhada. For the purpose, a filtration plan is suggested on the hillock at Bhadbhada Dam.

It would provide water in areas like Neellbarh, Barkhedi, Gora, Sewania Gaud etc. The scheme is estimated to cost Rs eight crore.

In view of the severe water crisis during 2000-01, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation had secured 8 Million Cubic Meter (mcm) water in Kerwa Dam. However, the water was not used as the Bhopal Municipal Corporation fulfilled the water needs of the City from other sources.

In the subsequent year, the BMC got 8 mcm water reserved. This water was released in the Upper Lake to maintain its level. In 2002, the City had reeled under severe water crisis as the water level in the Upper Lake had dipped below the dead storage.

Before the use of this pipeline in 2002, the Bhopal Municipal Corporation had spent some Rs 80 lakh on old pipeline’s repair. When asked, Mayor Sunil Sood said the scheme would help provide water supply to certain areas. However, the scheme’s future would depend on the consent of Water Resource Department.

‘Save Water’ drive from March 21
THE BHOPAL Municipal Corporation (BMC) would launch ‘Save Water’ Campaign from March 21. The drive to regularise illegal water connections and check leakages would also begin with the awareness campaign.

The BMC would also seize motors being used to draw water directly from the pipeline. Mayor Sunil Sood issued directives in
this regard during a meeting today.