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AMC promises water twice a day Wednesday, March 7, 2001
AHMEDABAD: Summer will be scorching as usual in Ahmedabad but there's some consolation. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) says it will provide water twice a day throughout the summer months.
The water of Narmada canal is expected to arrive at the Raska weir by March 20.
While residents of the city get water for two hours in the morning at present, Municipal Commissioner K Kailashnathan on Monday said that once summer actually sets in, the water supply can be increased to twice a day. Earlier, the city expected to get Narmada water by the first week of March, but this might be delayed slightly and the water is likely to flow into the Raska weir by March 20.
Kailashnathan said that while 4.8 crore gallons of water is presently being received on a daily basis by the Raska weir, this will increase to 7.5 crore gallons.
``Ahmedabad will have a smooth summer as far as drinking water is concerned,'' he told Express Newsline.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Engineering) J D Parmar said, ``Narmada water has come up to Bodeli in Vadodara district and it might take a fortnight more before the water actually begins flowing into the Raska weir,'' he said.
Plans have been made to divert water from the Narmada canal into the Mahi canal from where it will be released into the Shedi canal and then into Raska, the AMC official said. He, however, added that even if this takes a few days, the supply of water from Raska will not be affected much as it has already been getting water from the Kadhana reservoir.
When asked what was the reason for the delay, DyMC Parmar said the AMC was in no way involved in the job and the State Government was looking into the matter. However, standing committee chairman Badruddin Shaikh reiterated that the Narmada water will reach Raska by March 20. ``I do not think there will really be any problem and the summer months will pass without any water cuts,'' he said.
Incidentally, the present method of bringing water into the Raska weir is an arrangement made only for this summer. Once the Narmada canal is completed, Ahmedabad will receive its regular quota of water from the canal.