GUWAHATI, Jan 31 � The trial run of the West Zone Water Supply Scheme, being implemented by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) with a Government of India fund of Rs 280.94 crore in the ratio of 90 per cent Central Government to 10 per cent State Government share, is scheduled to be done in April.
Disclosing this, GMDA chairman Dhiren Barua told this newspaper that the scheme would be able to supply water to consumers continuously from June in a round-the-clock manner. The scheme is designed to supply 107 million litres of water per day (MLD) to the consumers under its command area.
The construction of this project, funded by the Central Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM), started in April, 2009 and it will cover the south-western part of the Guwahati metropolitan area.
Barua said while designing the scheme, the projected population in its command area for the next 30 years was considered. A special line from the scheme has been drawn to the Central Zone, where another water supply scheme is under implementation as the Central Zone scheme has been delayed by several factors. The supply from the West Zone scheme will continue to the Central Zone till the latter project is completed, Barua said.
The execution of the 194-MLD capacity Rs 1427-crore Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA)-funded Central Zone Water Supply Scheme is expected to be completed by 2017. The laying of pipelines and the construction of reservoirs for the project began in early 2010 and the work on its treatment plant commenced in October, 2012.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded Rs 1200-crore 98-MLD East Zone Water Supply Scheme, being implemented by the GMDA, is also expected to be completed by 2017, Barua said.
The JICA and the Central Government jointly funded the 43-MLD capacity North Zone Water Supply Scheme which is also expected to be completed by that year, he said. The laying of pipelines and reservoirs of the project began in early 2012 and the work on the intake and treatment plant also commenced in October that year.
All these projects are expected to cover over 20 lakh people of the Guwahati Metropolitan Area.