Power cuts disrupt water supply to over 5 lakh coal town residents
Irregular power supply has affected the water supply from the Jamadoba based plant of Jharkhand Mineral Area Development Authority and Bhelatand based water treatment plant of Dhanbad Municipal Corporation.
Water supply remained suspended for three days in different localities of Jharia including Sabzi Mandi, Hetli Bandh, Poddar Para, Koiri Bandh, Fatehpur lane, Jharia Main road, Ghanudih, affecting more than five lakh residents.
In Dhanbad’s Putki area, water supply from the treatment plant of JMADA at Jamadoba was affected in the first week of April.
Md Aslam, in-charge of the Putki based water supply network of Dhanbad said,“despite our best effort to ensure regular water supply we often fail to do so due to erratic power supply.”
“For filling up of the intake well of Jamadoba based water treatment situated on the bank of river Damodar continuous power supply for at least eight hours is required but due to frequent power cuts, filling of intake well is affected and thereby the water supply is also affected,” said Aslam.
The situation is similar at the Maithon Lake water supply carried out by the Drinking Water and Sanitation Department on behalf of Dhanbad Municipal Corpoation.
Manish Kumar, executive engineer of Damodar Valley Corporation, which is looking after the water supply of Maithon lake on behalf of DMC said, “We have tried for uninterrupted water supply arrangement for Bhelatand based Water Treatment plant but the process did not reach any conclusion.”