Plan for 24-hr water supply for Kolkata on anvil
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Last Updated: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 19:31
Kolkata: A plan for 24 hour water supply in Kolkata as mooted by the Trinamool Congress chief and Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee is on the anvil.

"The scheme was mooted by Mamata Banerjee who had detailed discussion with Union Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee for central funds," Mayor Sobhan Chatterjee said today.

Stating that improving water supply was the major focus area of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, he said under the plan the capacity of the water treatment plant at Dhapa in East Kolkata would be doubled from 35 million gallon per day to 70 million gallon.

A project would be taken up to augment the water supply by 100 million gallon per day from Garden Reach.

The KMC also proposed to set up a new township at Majerhat in South Kolkata and its adjoining area in collaboration with the Kolkata Port Trust and the Railways using land of the KPT.

"According to the plan the KPT will earn a huge revenue for its unused land while the KMC will create infrastructure with a housing and commercial complex on the PPP model, Chatterjee said.

"The work will begin next year. The project appraisal report is being prepared," he said.

Chatterjee also said there was need to revamp the KMC's drainage pump stations to give citizens relief from waterlogging.

The KMC, he said, has received the approval of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan for upgrading the underground drainage system.

The project would require Rs 2400 crore and would be implemented as the Kolkata Environmental Improvement Project (KEIP)-2012.

The Mayor said residents of Behala and Garden Reach in the southwest, Tiljala and Topsia in the east and Cossipore in the north would benefit from the project.

The Mayor said that KMC has taken special initiative to improve roads before the Durga Puja festival.

He said that drawing a lesson from the fire at the Stephen Court Building in March this year, the KMC has set aside 12 crore for buying special ladders for fire-fighting under its disaster management programme.


First Published: Thursday, August 19, 2010, 19:31

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