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Posted at: Jul 24, 2019, 7:22 AM; last updated: Jul 24, 2019, 8:34 AM (IST)

Additional water supply set to be delayed further

Additional water supply set to be delayed further
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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 23

The project under which the city will get additional 29 million gallons of water per day (MGD) is set to be delayed as the Railways will have to replace the 50-m pipeline stretch, which has been leaking since yesterday.

The pipeline is being repaired by railway authorities for the commissioning of Phase 5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks pipeline.

MC Commissioner KK Yadav said, “The leakage was noticed during the trial run of the lines yesterday. Railway officials will tell in a day or two when they will replace the pipeline.

Meanwhile, Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) Dinesh Chandra Sharma was unavailable for comment.

The project, which was to be completed by April 30, 2018, has already missed four deadlines. MC officials had first assured UT Administrator VP Singh Badnore that the work would be completed by April 30, 2018, when he had visited the site in February last year. Later, the deadline was shifted to October. After which, two another deadlines were fixed.

The work on bringing additional water through a new pipeline from the Kajauli waterworks near Morinda to the waterworks at Sector 39 via Jandpur has been going on for quite some time. According to engineering wing officials, they have laid pipeline from the Jandpur pumping station to Sector 39, while most of the work on bringing water from Kajauli to Jandpur, which is to be carried out by Punjab, is complete.

At present, the city is receiving 87 MGD water supply. Out of this, 68 MGD comes from Kajauli canal. The rest is generated through tubewells.

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