All areas in Kolkata to get purified pipelined water: Mayor

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided that all deep tube wells will be removed from KMC areas so that there is no threat from arsenic-contaminated water. Instead of deep tube well purified pipe-lined drinking water will be supplied to all the residents in the KMC areas.

Recently, the State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Power Minister Manish Gupta and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee were present during the inauguration of a five lakh gallon underground reservoir and a 11 lakh gallon raised reservoir of Jai Hind Water Project at Mukundapur.

Recently, in one of the biggest water projects ever considered in Kolkata, the KMC plans to link two of its major water pumping stations through a 70-km-long pipeline, creating a ‘water grid’ that will not only end the city’s water woes in five years but also prepare it for the future.

Kolkata Municipal Corporation has submitted the proposal to the State Government. It will cost a Rs 1,400 crore -roughly Rs 20 crore per kilometre of pipeline -but ensure uninterrupted supply of filtered water to every home even in the added areas and protect groundwater from further depletion. The plan is to link Palta waterworks near Barrack pore with the Garden Reach water treatment plant in the south-western part of the city. Once, the integration is complete, KMC will impose a complete ban on withdrawal of groundwater.

Water for all: Bengal shows the way

Public Health Engineering Department has been working towards the commitment of providing clean drinking water to every block in West Bengal.

A ‘Vision 2020’ document has been formulated which involves step for the medium term and the long term with a budget of Rs 1295 crore and Rs 21,285 crore respectively.

Here are the few key highlights in efforts of providing clean drinking water for all:

  • 428 numbers of piped water projects has been sanctioned, which is estimated to benefit around 1.25 crore people ( 2011 census data).
  • More than 41 thousand hand pumps installed.
  • The coverage of piped water has increased from 37.95% to 44.11%.
  • For arsenic purification, 349 projects have been undertaken. Out of which 212 have already started. More than 28 lakh people will benefit from this.
  • A “International Centre for Water Quality” is proposed to come up at Joka, Kolkata. This will be the first in the kind in India.
  • 7 bottling plants have already started and 15 on the move purification machines have started.


Significant Projects:

  • Jangalmahal : Around 50 projects of piped water has been undertaken in the backward areas of Jangalmahal, out of which 39 has already been commissioned. It involves an expenditure of Rs 141 crores and will benefit more than 3 lakh people.
  • In Bankura under the BRGF (Backward Region Grant Fund) a project has been undertaken with a cost of 1011 crore which will benefit 30 lakh people. A project for Purulia is also undertaken with assistance from JICA worth Rs 1173 crore, which will benefit 15 lakh people.
  • Major projects are underway in Kulpi, Panskura, Habra, Gaighata, Bally and others.


Achievements in Kolkata:

  • 95% of the area in Kolkata, under KMC is now supplied with clean drinking water.
  • The project of laying of 64’’ diameter Transmission Main from Palta to Tallah, with a cost of Rs 326 crores, has been completed and it has benefited around 20 lakh citizens of Kolkata.
  • Construction of 15 MGD Water treatment plant at Garden Reach and Chetla Booster Pumping Station has finished. These projects will benefit around 2.5 lakh residents of Behala, Chetla and parts of South Kolkata.
  • Construction of Intake Jetty and Pump House at ‘Mayer Ghat’ along with 30 MGD capacity “Jai Hind” project at Dhapa and its distribution network has been completed with a cost of around Rs 400 crore. This will benefit around 7 lakh residents of Kolkata.

WB CM inaugurates Jai Hind Water Supply Plant, which will supply 30 million gallons of water

West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the revamped aquatic park Captain Bhery and the Jai Hind Water Supply Plant at Dhapa.

Tourist attractions

The Captain Bhery project includes a musical fountain and rock garden, Lilly pool, guppy fish exhibition zone, fish hatchery exhibition zone, exhibition zones of nearly extinct indigenous fish species, bird exhibits, wall aquarium, cafeteria, modern car parking amenities, attractive models, children’s play area, seats by the water body, lighting and picnic spots for rent.

Highlights of WB CM’s speech:

  • The Dhapa water supply plant is named Jai Hind after the famous slogan by Netaji.
  • This is historic. A new precedent has been set. This plant will supply 30 million gallons of water.
  • In the next 15-20 days people living around EM Bypass will get water supply. From Beleghata till Patuli, Anandapur – people will get water supply now.
  • We have not imposed any tax on water. Water is life.
  • Loadsheddings have stopped. There are power cuts due to other reasons, we will resolve those issues.
  • WB Government is now banking power. In a few years we will sell power to other States.
  • NTPC is setting up a power unit at Katwa. Four hydel projects are coming up in north Bengal. A project has started at Raghunathpur.
  • Bangla abar jagat sobhay srestho ason lobe – This is the concept behind Biswa Bangla. The road from Dumdum airport till Garia will be known as Biswa Bangla Sarani.
  • We have set up an eco-tourism park at Captain Bhery.
  • I do not take any credit. Credit goes to people. I work for the people. I work for the society.
  • This (Dhapa/EM Bypass/Science City area) is a very important area. A police outpost must come up here.
  • My advance New Year greetings to you all. Stay well, stay safe.