A 10-MGD water treatment plant that is under construction at Gunadala is likely to be completed by March next, with treated water getting ready for supply to areas that have not been served until now. But, delay in reorganisation of water zones, which has been pending for long and whose aim is to reduce pressure on the K.L. Rao Head Water Works, may play spoilsport in the end. The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) is apparently making no efforts in hastening this reorganisation.
This would mean that the Corporation may not be able to use the entire 10 MGD as per the original plan, which envisages supply of drinking water to extended areas up to Ramavarappadu ring.
It would at the most be able to “immediately use” only 1 MGD of water for catering to areas like Gunadala, Arul Nagar and Machavaram down. The other extended areas like Caramel Nagar, LIC Colony and so on would not get treated water immediately.
The new treatment plant has been conceived to serve a population of about three lakh in extended areas, but because of the delay in reorganisation of zones only a small pocket of Gunadala area would benefit, official sources indicate.
The reorganisation of water supply zones, when completed, would pave the way for supply of treated water from the new plant to the reservoirs that have been receiving water from the K.L. Rao Head Water works. And, for this new lines would have to be laid. Any delay in the laying of new lines would result in delay in supply of water to end user, sources say.
The Corporation has planned to take up reorganisation of zones under JNNURM programme to implement round-the-clock water supply scheme.
A Detailed Project Report (DPR) pertaining to this is stated to be pending with the Central government, which reportedly sought some clarifications.
But the Corporation is learnt to have not responded to these queries. The issue came to light during a recent review undertaken by Municipal Commissioner P. S. Pradyumna, sources say.
The Corporation would now have to either wait till the DPR is cleared by the Centre, or take up the works on its own for utilisation of the total capacity of the plant. The VMC “cannot” invite tenders under JNNURM unless the ‘reorganisation’ project is sanctioned by the Centre, officials point out.