Experts moot overhaul of Siliguri water plant
A team of three experts who represent a private consultancy firm engaged by the state public health engineering (PHE) department visited the water treatment plant of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation at Fulbari here on Wednesday.
After the visit, the team has expressed dissatisfaction over the condition of the plant and recommended a comprehensive overhaul of the entire infrastructure to ensure that drinking water is supplied to the city from the facility in coming days.
“The experts from Calcutta said the water treatment plant and its distribution system required a complete overhaul. The plant and its pipelines are in a very poor state, they have observed,” said Alok Chakraborty, a member of the board of administrators (BoA) at the SMC and the incharge of the drinking water supply.
Along with the team, Chakraborty was also at the plant.
For the past 10 days or so, residents of Siliguri have been facing a drinking water crisis as the civic body’s supply through its distribution network has become erratic. Silt deposit near the intake point from where water is drawn from the Mahananda canal to the treatment plant was to blame for the crisis.
“In another threefour days, the experts will submit a report to the PHE department and the SMC. We will go through it and take appropriate steps. On Thursday, I will brief the BoA members on their visit,” said Chakraborty.