KMC plans new water treatment plant to mitigate crisis in south Kolkata

Kolkata: 25 July, 2019 (Times of India)

Kolkata: The problem of potable water is likely to end in south Kolkata in another couple of years. A proposal to construct a water treatment plant in Garia was passed in a mayor-in-council meeting on Wednesday.

According to the proposal, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will build a water treatment plant near Shahid Kshudiram Metro station, which will cater to lakhs of residents in Tollygunge, Jadavpur and areas off EM Bypass. Currently, these areas depend largely on ground water.

According to a KMC water supply department official, the proposed plant with a capacity to produce 10 million gallons will gradually phase out the use of ground water in these areas. The civic brass has also decided to augment the capacity of Jai Hind water treatment plant at Dhapa by another 10 million gallons. Currently, the treatment plant at Dhapa produces 20 million gallon filtered water and caters to areas off EM Bypass.

The water supply department is planning to draw water from the Hooghly at Kidderpore. The civic body will lay pipes from Kidderpore to Garia via Tollygunge to supply water to the treatment plant. After going through a filtration process, potable water will reach areas like Garia, Patuli, Mukundapur, Madurdaha, Kasba, Dhakuria, Jodhpur Park, Jadavpur and Baghajatin, among other areas.

“We have identified a 3-acre land near Briji in Garia. We will set up a water treatment plant there to mitigate water crisis in large parts of Tollygunge, Jadavpur and EM Bypass. We hope to start the work soon,” mayor Firhad Hakim said. Hakim reminded the civic officials of his commitment to supply filtered water to residents of Tollygunge-Jadavpur belt after CM Mamata Banerjee’s prod. “The CM has asked me to solve water problems in Tollygunge and Jadavpur. I hope the new plant will be able to do that,” he added.

However, a section of the water supply department officials conceded that the civic body needed at least two years to complete the project. “We need to take up the challenge of laying pipes from Kidderpore to Garia bypassing major thoroughfares. That is why we have decided to lay pipes along Tolly’s Nullah. This will take much time,” a KMC water supply department senior official said.