Summer is months away but water rationing has already been announced in and around Bokaro steel city.
Starting Thursday, more than 5 lakh people of Bokaro will get water for only two hours a day for a month. The cap on supply was declared by Bokaro steel plant management, which supplies water to the township, on Wednesday to facilitate repairs of the canal connecting Tenughat dam with the filtration plant.
The state water resources department, which gets about Rs 24 lakh per year from Bokaro steel for maintenance of the canal constructed in 1976, will carry out repair work from January 16. Till then, water, which comes to the city from Tenughat dam after covering a distance of 34km through the canal, will be collected at Bokaro steel plantís two cooling ponds. It will be then supplied to the residents after filtration.
However, sources in the steel plant said water would be made available to 10 sectors of the city in phases. All households will receive water for at least two hours a day.