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Piped misery to end soon

Mineral Area Development Authority (Mada) is all set to renovate the twin water treatment plants at Jamadoba that will ensure that more than 15 lakh residents of Jharia and Katras will never go thirsty again.

For, state urban development department has recently sanctioned a fund of Rs 5 crore for the purpose as part of Dhanbad district administration’s contingency plan to improve water supply in the coal district.

Drinking water and sanitation department (DWSD) will, however, carry out the actual works through a private agency on the twin plants situated on the banks of river Damodar.

Tender for the project is likely to be issued in a couple of days.

Mada managing director Ravindra Singh said, “We lack requisite manpower, especially a mechanical engineer. This has prompted us to seek the help of drinking water and sanitation department for carrying out the repairs.”

Singh quickly added that they would, however, monitor every aspect of the work.

According to DWSD executive engineer Pramod Kumar Bhatt, as part of the renovation, new motor pumps will be installed to help minimise disruption of water supply due to technical snag.

“The new easy-to-operate motor pumps will also ensure that supply does not get affected during strike calls by Mada employees,” said Bhatt, who played a crucial role in preparing the contingency plan.

Bhat had carried out an on-the-spot study at the instruction of Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar in 2013 to come up with a permanent solution to tide over the water crisis, which was regularly witnessed in areas like Jharia, Bhaga, Bhowra, Dhansar, Chasnala, Kendua, Putki, Loyabad, Karkend, Bhuli and Chatabad, owing to repeated strike by Mada employees and restricted supply due to defunct motor pumps.

The first plant has a capacity to filter 12 gallons of water every day on an average. It caters to two lakh residents across Chasnala, Jamadoba, Bhowra, Lodna, Bhaga, Phusbunglow, Jharia town, Ena Islampur, Bhagatdih, Ghanudih, Baniahir, Bastacola and Dhansar.

Of its five motors pumps, one each of 240 and 480 horsepower (hp) are not functioning and will be replaced.

Similarly, the second filter plant has a capacity of nine million gallons per day and serves three lakh people in Putki, Kendua, Loyabad, Karkend and Bhuli among others. Of the six installed motors, only one of 288hp is functioning. Rest all are defunct.

At present, a 402hp motor pump provided by Jharia Division of Tata Steel is being used to carry out filtration of water in the plant.

Mada will install three new pumps of higher capacity to increase supply.

“These apart, several valves and filter medias will also be replaced in order to avoid wastage of water,” executive engineer Bhatt added.


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