Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) water supply department is gearing up to take up overhaul of the Jai Hind water treatment plant in Dhapa from Saturday morning. There will be no water supply from this plant to large areas of EM Bypass and added areas, like Garia, Patuli, Jadavpur-Tollygunge belt, Kasba, Garfa and Santoshpur, from 10am on Saturday. The KMC will resume normal supply from Sunday morning.
The KMC brass has formed a crack team of experienced engineers to oversee the massive repair and maintenance work, the biggest such project since the inception of the water treatment plant in 2015. This crack team will monitor the overhaul to be conducted by 300 trained workers, said a KMC water supply department senior official.
According to plans, the KMC water supply department will repair water main pipes, replace crucial valves which, if not replaced, may develop a snag leading to disruption in water supply. The civic body will conduct simultaneous maintenance work of the electrical equipment that are an integral part of the water production system. According to a KMC water supply department official, the overhaul work was challenging considering the volume of work and the limited period of time. “The volume of work is huge and we didn’t want to keep them pending considering the rise in temperature which, in turn, has led to rise in demand,” said a civic official.
Sources in the KMC water supply department said once the overhaul was complete, the civic body would be in a position to supply more potable water to vast stretches of Bypass and its neighbourhoods.
“We have taken up the overhaul at this point of time considering a rise in demand for water with the soaring temperature. We need to wrap up the work in a day to allow the system to enable us to resume normal supply by Sunday morning,” said a KMC water supply department official. According to the official, the civic body needed to conduct the overhaul before the water supply department started an augmentation of the water treatment plant.