Af­ter 6 years, KDMC to con­duct water au­dit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sa­jana Nam­biar Sa­jana. nam­biar@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

KALYAN: Tak­ing note of the se­vere water cri­sis, the Kalyan Dom­bivli Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion ( KDMC) plans to con­duct a water au­dit, af­ter a gap of three years.

A pri­vate agency, For­tis In­fra­struc­ture, has been fi­nalised for the project. Based on the re­port sub­mit­ted by the agency, the civic body will ap­proach t he Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment for aid un­der the Am­rut Yo­jana.

The water au­dit will em­pha­sise on water leak­ages, pipel i ne l eak­ages and pro­vide solutions to plug them and solve the cri­sis.

The KDMC has i mposed a 30% water cut in its ju­ris­dic­tion. “We have treat­ment plants, but we need to look at the sup­ply chain. The water leak­ages lead to huge losses. With this au­dit, we will come up with plans to fix the leak­ages and strengthen the sup­ply chain,” said an of­fi­cial from the KDMC water depart­ment.

The anal­y­sis will also help the civic body de­cide the lo­ca­tion of new water tanks with the help of a dig­i­tal­ized map. This will take care of the city’s water re­quire­ment till 2048.

The civic body will spend Rs1.17 crore on the project. The study will be con­ducted within a pe­riod of 12 months. The en­tire work will be car­ried out in six dif­fer­ent ar­eas like Kalyan ru­ral area, Kalyan east, Kalyan west, Do mb iv li east, Do mb iv li west and the re­cently added 27 vil­lages. “The water au­dit plan was pro­posed in Jan­uary 2016. Fi­nally, the agency has been short­listed. The work or­der will be pro­vided once the stand­ing com­mit­tee ap­proves i t on Satur­day,” added the of­fi­cer.

“The civic body wants to be a part of the Am­rut Yo­jana, which is the JNNURM in its new for m. The scheme will take care of the water woes for years. The civic body has al­ready pre­pared a pro­posal for water man­age­ment,” said Sandee p Gaikar, st and­ing com­mit­tee chair­man, KDMC.

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