AMC’s 24x7 metered water supply still in pipeline, first pilot study dumped

The residents of Ahmedabad have to wait for one more year for 24x7 metered water supply. Shelving off its recent pilot study that was carried out only in Jodhpur ward, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) is all set to carry another trial, this time in two localities with an urban and rural mix.

The pilot study that will take off in another two months is expected to be completed, including its implementation by March next year. "We are estimating three months period for feasibility study and nine months for its implementation. The tenders for second pilot study will be invited this month so that the process can be started by March," said AMC city engineer Tarun Lad.

While, retaining Jodhpur (where the first study was carried out), Chharodi on SG highway has been added to the sample.

Apart from the water consumption, for 24x7 water supply, the residents have to pay for the meters that will be installed by the contractor who was assigned the task. The main reason cited by the AMC officials for rejection of three-month pilot project, completed last month, was "unjustified" rates quoted by the contractor.

"The contractor carrying out the pilot project had quoted Rs 22,500 per household that included the cost of water meter as well. This cost was too high when compared to our estimates as well as the system in place in cities like Pune, Chandigarh and other parts of the country where the estimated cost is around Rs 12,500," said one of the senior officials in the water supply department.

Against the initial plans of conducting pilot study in a single ward, this time, the AMC has decided to take a mix of urban and rural localities, for a better insight and comparison. "Chharodi was to be included in later stages, but it is added to enable us for a better comparison in both - feasibility and cost," added Lad.

The city has around 11,11,717 residential, 33,352 commercial and 2,039 public tap water connections. With a target to stop all bore wells by 2014, the AMC has been able to reduce the use of bore wells from 532 to around 90 as the maximum dependence is on surface water. This has also helped in saving per year energy expenses for the residents.

With more than 90 per cent of water supply in the city through Narmada river, at present, city has two hours of normal water supply (6 to 8 am). The city has a total water supply of 1920 MLD (million litres per day). Out of this, the share of bore well water supply is only 14 per cent; i.e. 280 MLD. The city has sufficient water capacity of 1,260 MLD while the water utilisation is 1,000 MLD.

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