Lucknow’s water demand to double in 7 years: LMC
The report said it was essential to make at least three more water pumping stations like the ones in Gaughat, Aishbagh and Kathauta to meet the growing demand in the city or else long queues for water like those seen in some areas of Delhi and Mumbai may become a norm here as well.Updated: Dec 18, 2017 16:03 IST
According to a Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) report, the city’s water demand will double to 2,500 million litres per day (MLD) in the next seven years. This will pose a challenge for the Jal Sansthan, which at present is struggling to meet the requirement of 1,250 MLD, supplying just 750 MLD -- out of which nearly a third goes waste due to leakages.
The report said it was essential to make at least three more water pumping stations like the ones in Gaughat, Aishbagh and Kathauta to meet the growing demand in the city or else long queues for water like those seen in some areas of Delhi and Mumbai may become a norm here as well.
- City requires 1,250 MLD of water for its 30 lakh population, 7 lakh floating population and 6 lakh slum dwellers residing in 609 illegal colonies.
- However, it supplies only 750 MLD out of which a third goes waste due to leakages.
- Leakages in Jal Sansthan pipelines result in loss of 1 lakh litres of water per day.
- 80% water shortage can be handled if these leakages are plugged.
- 30% water connections are illegal.
To recall, Jal Sansthan has been planning water works at Sunehra (Krishna Nagar), Aliganj and Bakshi Ka Talab for the last decade, but little has happened on ground. Land for the projects has been identified, funds have been chalked out under the AMRUT scheme, and there’s a plan to divert water from river Ghaghra in Behraich to Gomti in Lucknow to meet the water requirement, but nothing concrete has materialised, said corporator Girish Mishra.
He added, “Three years ago, authorities had planned to shift the Gomti barrage to get space for a fourth water work project. The irrigation department was directed to prepare a blueprint to shift the barrage near Janeshwar Mishra Park. However, that too did not materialise.”
Officials of irrigation department, LMC, Lucknow Development Authority and Jal Nigam worked together to chalk out the feasibility of such a project. The departments were directed to coordinate so that the project could be completed soon, but that never happended.
At present, the water works at Aishbagh, Gaughat and Kathauta are unable to meet the water requirement of the city. The Kathauta water works (capacity 80 MLD) was made to cater to the need of the Trans-Gomti area, but it struggles to supply water to Gomti Nagar and Indira Nagar, facing shortages regularly. The Aishbagh water works (capacity 120 MLD) was constructed in 1918 and is almost 100 years old now.
Speaking to HT, mayor Sanyukta Bhatia said, “Futuristic planning is required. That’s why the project of linking river Ghaghra with river Gomti is very important. We will find out the current status of the project.”
Around two years ago, a panel comprising former chief engineers of Jal Sansthan had approved the project. The expert panel -- consisting of Rajiv Tripathi, RPS Parihar, JS Kushwaha, GS Mishra and the then general manager and chief engineer Rajeev Bajpai -- had studied the pros and cons of the project and had given it a go ahead.
Deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma who was the then mayor of Lucknow had also supported the project. He had shown a lot of keenness to link Ghaghra with Gomti and bring relief to the residents of the state capital.
First Published: Dec 18, 2017 16:03 IST