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Narmada will fulfil needs of 83% denizens

NEARLY 83.75 per cent of City households will have access to piped water supply, with the remainder, mostly below poverty line residents, being provided water through PSPs (community taps) once the ADB-assisted Narmada-III is completed.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 13:01 IST

NEARLY 83.75 per cent of City households will have access to piped water supply, with the remainder, mostly below poverty line residents, being provided water through PSPs (community taps) once the ADB-assisted Narmada-III is completed.

Moreover, the scheme would still have enough water left over to cater to bulk users Mhow and Dewas, as well as nearby industrial units and institutions. Both bulk users and domestic consumers would be brought under a metered regime to check water wastage. Below poverty line residents will, however, not be charged for water drawn from community taps.

While the first group would be metered in the initial phase itself, domestic consumers would only be brought under the ‘pay-as-per-use’ scheme ambit only after water supply to households achieves pressures high enough (10kg/cm square or above) to register on meters. In fact, tenders for 63 electromagnetic metres to be installed on water supply mains catering to bulk users will be invited next week.

Narmada-III has been divided into parts one and two with design years 2024 and 2039 respectively. The first part, on which work has already begun, has a design population of 27.64 lakh and will provide the City 360 million litres daily (MLD) of water by the time it is completed in 2009.

The second part, aimed at slaking Indore’s thirst from 2024 to 2039, will provide an additional 650 MLD. In addition to the existing 214 MLD supply (170 from its predecessors Narmada I and II, 20 from Yeshwant Sagar, nine from Bilawali and another 15 from groundwater sources) the scheme will provide enough water to slake Indore’s thirst until 2024, when the population is expected to reach 33 lakh.

As per a report prepared by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for Narmada-III, 27.64 lakh of the total population would have access to potable piped water by 2024 with the remaining 5.36 lakh people meeting their water needs through community taps.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 13:01 IST