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Taps turn on water project

A new waterworks is coming up at Dhapa to produce 65 million gallons of filtered water everyday. The Rs-100-crore project was okayed by the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) at a meeting on Monday.

“It will be a joint venture of the state government and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation (CMC),” said Asok Bhattacharya, municipal affairs minister and CMDA chairman. The Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) will fund the project. “The waterworks will be ready by December 2004,” said Sudhangshu Sil, chairman of CMDA central tender committee.

The proposed plant will treat the unfiltered water lifted by the CMC’s Mullickghat pumping station, mayor-in-council (water supply) member Sovandeb Chatterjee said. The CMC’s investment will be the Mullickghat unit and the land for the project.

The municipal affairs minister is set to flag off a 20-million-gallon-capacity water treatment plant at Palta on Tuesday. With the commissioning of this plant, filtered water supply will increase by another 20 million gallons . The estimated cost of the project is Rs 30 crore. The stipulated capacity of the Tallah-Palta network is 180 gallons a day. More than 1.5 million residents of Bagmari, Beleghata, Maniktala, Park Circus and Mohammad Ali Park will benefit from the project.

Mayor Subrata Mukherjee says there is a shortage of 30 million gallons during summer, caused by the malfunctioning of filter-beds, treatment plants and supply of filtered water to Salt Lake and South Dum Dum municipalities.

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