Scan on Siliguri water crisis today
A three-member team of experts from the state public health engineering department reached Siliguri on Tuesday to check out the problem in supplying drinking water across the city from the water treatment plant at Fulbari.
Since August 30, water supply across Siliguri civic area has become erratic and in the past three-four days, the crisis has deepened, leaving around a million people at inconvenience.
This is because of excess silt deposits at the intake point — the point from where the water of Mahananda canal is drawn into the plant — adequate water could not be drawn for treatment and supply.
“The PHE has cleared the silt deposits but even then, water supply has not yet become regular. In some places, water is coming out of the stand-posts like a thin thread,” said a source in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC).
Alok Chakraborty, a member of the BoA who is in charge of the water supply, confirmed arrival of the team and said on Wednesday, they would visit the treatment plant.
“We will have a meeting with them after inspecting the plant. We would then place their recommendations before the board of administrators for further moves,” said Chakraborty.