P. Samuel Jonathan

GUNTUR: Summer of 2008 may be seven months away. But, the Guntur Municipal Corporation is bent on putting a summer contingency plan in place to meet the drinking water requirements of the people.

The GMC has roped in the Kolkata-based GKW-POYRY consultants to draft a comprehensive water supply plan for the ensuing summer and also draw overall mid-term and long-term plans.

The consultants conducted a survey and submitted a comprehensive report to meet the expected water demand for 2021 at 189 Million Litres Per Day and 248.91 MLD of treated water by 2031 from the existing demand of 121.42 MLD, when the population of the city was expected to touch one million.

The consultants prepared a detailed project needing Rs.267.02 crores investment and the operation and maintenance cost of Rs.17.85 crores per year.

Formidable task

“The GMC asked the firm to explore the possibilities of laying of a parallel pipeline from Kondaveeti Vagu to the filtration plant at Thakellapadu, opening up secondary distribution networks to ease pressure, decentralise the existing sources and effectively utilise the Mangalagiri source and desilting of summer storage tank,” Municipal Commissioner Siddartha Jain told The Hindu.