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Kanpur’s 10 lakh population may face water crisis, this endless game of two departments became the reason

Kanpur Water Story: Troubled by the arrears of about 176 crores on the Ganga Barrage water treatment plant in Kanpur, UP, Jal Nigam has warned to close it. If this happens, the population of about 10 lakhs of the city may face water crisis. Jal Nigam has written a letter to the Jal Kal Department expressing its inability to operate the plant. In this, a demand has also been made for the transfer of the plant. On the other hand, the Jal Kal department has refused to take the plant handover citing repeated breakage of pipelines.

According to Jal Nigam, there is a liability of Rs 151 crore 73 lakh for the electricity item in the operation of the plant and Rs 24 crore 86 lakh for the operation and maintenance item. The pump operator has also not received honorarium for 17 months. If the plant is not transferred soon, its operation will become difficult. Broken pipelines will also not be repaired. Although Jal Nigam officials are not ready to say anything in this regard, but listen to the argument of Jalkal department as to what is the reason that the handover of this scheme is not being taken till now.

Let us tell you that under JNNURM, since 2008, the Jal Nigam has started two water purification plants of 200 million liters capacity, 40 kilo liters capacity tank and laying the main pipeline for water supply from the city to the southern region in Ganga Barrage. had started. In March 2017, an average supply of 5 kilo liters of water was started by connecting the main lines to the lines of the Water Works Department. 10 lakh people get water from this. But Jal Kal says that the handover cannot be taken due to all the flaws.

MP Satyadev Pachauri said this
Actually, Jal Nigam is a construction unit and the department is responsible for construction of plants, zonal pumping stations, tanks and laying of pipelines related to water supply project, sewage project etc. does. On making these, after testing, they are transferred to the concerned department. The department did not get funds for operation and maintenance. Despite this, the plant has to be run for years. For this reason the liabilities are increasing. But the Jalkal department says how to take over the half-completed schemes. On the other hand, MP from Metropolitan Satyadev Pachauri believes that there is a problem between Jal Kal and Jal Nigam, but it will be taken care of so that the public does not face any problem.

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The cost of the project is Rs 853 crore
According to the officials of Jal Nigam, letters are being written since December 15, 2017 to transfer these projects to the Jal Kal department. Due to lack of proper resources, problems in operation and maintenance have also been told. Letters have also been sent to the government for transfer of the project. In 2021, the shortcomings pointed out by the joint committee of both the departments have also been removed. But the scheme has not been transferred to the Jal Kal department. 
The cost of this project is Rs 853 crore. Nawabganj, Sarvodaya Nagar, Pandu Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Dada Nagar, Govind Nagar, Barra, Nirala Nagar, Saket Nagar, Juhi Lal Colony, Juhi Safed Colony, Juhi Hari Colony, Gaushala, Kidwai Nagar, Baradevi, Civil Lines, New Road, General Ganj, Naya Ganj, Kuli Bazar, Halsi Road, Rambagh and all the localities are affected by this scheme.

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