MCV's plan to store Godavari water

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: How the Municipal Corporation of Visakhapatnam is planning to store the 40 mgd of water it will be receiving when the Godavari water diversion scheme is completed?

It is interesting to know the answer from the MCV's Chief Engineer, P. Panduranga Rao. The VMC at present is receiving 21 mgd of water from the existing sources like Thatipudi and Raiwada.

This quantity of water is supplied to consumers in a duration of 45 minutes to one hour.

The water from the Godavari diversion scheme will be sent through this 900 km long network of pipelines after despatching the 21 mgd of water received from other sources.

The pipeline network in addition to the 12 storage facilities created recently near ASR Nagar and other places will be used to store the water from the Godavari scheme.

To receive and store the water from the Godavari scheme, the VMC is planning to increase either the pumping capacity or the size of pipeline or both.

This year's water level in the city sources are same as last year or little less, he said.

The Rs. 439- crore Godavari water diversion scheme was ready up to the point of releasing water to the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant and NTPC but it could not progress up to the city due to delay in execution of work.

Work on the filtration plant, which is being constructed in five phases, has not been completed in the scheduled time. Mr. Panduranga Rao feels that it could be completed in 30 to 45 days if the contractor concerned applied himself to the task.

Water conservation

He also urged Vizagites to conserve water. There is no need to despose of yesterday's water and collect afresh every day fearing stored water might not be good, because the water is chlorinated and could be used for the next one or two days, he explained.

The Collector, Praveen Prakash, who is also Special Officer of the VMC, on Saturday wanted the officials to ensure that there was no scarcity of drinking water in the city during summer.

He visited the fifth and 10th divisions along with the Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikanth, and others and enquired the residents about water supply, power supply, sanitation and drains.

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