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Emergency pump ready to supply drinking water to city

TAKING STOCK: Commissioner of Mysore City Corporation visited the KRS reservoir on Tuesday to oversee contingency measures to ensure drinking water supply to Mysore. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM

TAKING STOCK: Commissioner of Mysore City Corporation visited the KRS reservoir on Tuesday to oversee contingency measures to ensure drinking water supply to Mysore. Photo: M.A. SRIRAM  

Staff Correspondent

Mysore City Corporation Commissioner inspects its trial run

The pump has been installed at a cost of Rs. 95 lakhTrial run of Melapura second stage drinking water project begins

MYSORE: Mysore City Corporation Commissioner Chandrashekar accompanied by Vani Vilas Water Works personnel visited the KRS reservoir on Tuesday to oversee the contingency measures, including the functioning of an emergency pump, to ensure drinking water supply to Mysore in the wake of concern over declining water level in the reservoir.

With the water level in the reservoir dipping to 68.13 feet against the maximum of 124.8 feet on Tuesday, the Commissioner inspected a trial run of the emergency jackwell pump, which is capable of lifting water even when water level goes below 67 feet in the river bed.

Though the meteorological department has forecast the onset of monsoon in the catchment areas of the Cauvery in the next one or two days, the corporation, which is responsible for supply of drinking water to the city, is unwilling to take any chances.

The pump has been installed at a cost of Rs. 95 lakh.

The emergency jackwell, which is equipped with six pumps, ranging from 100 HP to 250 HP, can draw about 20 MGD (million gallons per day) water from the river bed, situated about 100 metres away, and send it to Hongalli pumping station located about a furlong away. The Hongalli pumping station supplies water to various parts of the city.

Out of the total 42.5 MGD of Mysore city's drinking water requirement, Belagola pumping station meets 11.5 MGD and Melapura first stage provides 11 MGD, besides Hongalli's 20 MGD.

Meanwhile, the authorities have begun the trial run of Melapura second stage drinking water project, which has a capacity to supply 11 MGD of water to the city.

"As part of the trial run, about 3.3 MGD of water is being pumped to the city every day," officials said.

Though Melapura second stage was commissioned by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy earlier this month, the drinking water project has not become functional yet.

However, the authorities are optimistic that the project will become fully functional and start supplying water in the next few days.

The authorities have hoped that Melapura second stage and the emergency jackwell pump would ensure that a drinking water crisis would not plague the city even if the water level in the reservoir dips to an alarming level and monsoon rains are delayed.

The emergency jackwell pump for the Hongalli pumping station was sanctioned during 2003 by the then S.M. Krishna Government. But, the private contractor had failed to complete the project within the deadline despite several reminders from the corporation.

The delay in the installation of the pump forced the corporation authorities to withhold a payment of Rs. 35 lakh to the contractor and blacklist him. The corporation authorities executed the remaining work on installation of the pump and completed the project a few weeks ago.

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