The water treatment plant near Sindri, Dhanbad, on Friday. Picture by Gautam Dey
Come November 15 and more than two lakh residents of Sindri and its adjoining areas will get abundant supply of water.
For, the town’s infrastructure to enable phase III of the Rs 298 crore Dhanbad Water Supply Scheme is almost ready. Trial runs of the water treatment plant is expected to start from October 6.
Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar said on Friday that they were ready to launch the scheme on Jharkhand foundation day, much before the scheduled deadline of December 31.
“Majority of the construction work, including that of the treatment plant, intake well and water towers are complete. We have instructed Jharkhand State Electricity Board officials at Jharia to provide power connection to the plant so that we can start on November 15,” he said.
Executive engineer, range I of the drinking water and sanitation department, Pramod Kumar explained how they pulled off the project early.
“We had tactically divided phase III into two sub-phases —Sindri and Jamadoba. The idea was to ensure work at these places do not overlap and was completed independently. The delay in one should not affect the launch of the other.”
In phase III, two water treatment plants — one of 13.5 million litres in Sindri and another of 143 million litres in Jamadoba — will be established. Apart from this, there will be two intake wells — one in Jamadoba of 181 million litres and another of 19 million litres in Sindri.
The elaborate infrastructure is aimed at supplying water from Damodar to various colliery areas of Dhanbad that are not covered under phases I and II of the scheme.
The water treatment plant and intake well in Sindri is on the verge of completion. Of the 86 km pipeline required to supply water, 80km has already been covered.
This apart, of the five water towers, three have already been erected.
“There was some delay in acquiring land for the remaining two towers. However, the matter has been sorted out and the launch of the scheme on November 15 will not get affected,” Pramod Kumar said, adding that the crucial factor for water supply was proper filtration and the treatment plant was already in place.
On the Jamadoba sub-phase, the executive engineer said it was likely to be completed by December 2014.
Of the 31 water towers, 50 per cent work on 29 towers have been done while two are stuck due to land acquisition issues at Petia village. Similarly, 35 per cent construction of the water treatment plant is over.
“The intake well is, however, ready and we have also laid around 225km of pipeline of the total 276km required,” Pramod Kumar added.