Kolkata: Water Crisis Deepens in Select Areas as Temperatures Soar in City

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) water supply department is addressing the supply deficit by dispatching water tankers to the affected areas.
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Kolkata: As the summer season approaches, several neighbourhoods in the Tollygunge-Garia belt of Kolkata are already facing severe water scarcity, despite the temperatures remaining moderate in recent days. Areas including Ramgarh, Vidyasagar Pally, Naktala, Arabindanagar, Patuli, and parts of Behala such as Parnasree, Shakuntala Park, Sarsuna, and Raibahadur Road are grappling with the shortage, heavily reliant on groundwater.

What is The Current Situation?

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) water supply department is addressing the supply deficit by dispatching water tankers to the affected areas. However, residents fear that the situation may exacerbate as the summer progresses, with some already resorting to purchasing drinking water from the market.

Resident Concerns

Susmita Bose from Vidyasagar Pally expressed disappointment over the lack of action from civic authorities despite assurances of supplying water from treatment plants. Bibhas Chattejee from Patuli shared concerns about the deepening crisis, while Debasish Mukherjee from Naktala criticised the KMC's approach of constructing idle water booster pumping stations instead of enhancing water treatment plants, as per TOI.

KMC's Response

A KMC water supply department official acknowledged that tanker supply may not suffice as a long-term solution. In response, KMC may seek permission to sink more tubewells in affected areas temporarily. However, the ultimate solution lies in augmenting water treatment plants at Garden Reach and Dhapa.
Though augmentation projects are underway, the crisis in tubewell zones is expected to persist until these projects are completed. KMC may consider sinking additional tubewells as an interim measure to meet escalating water demand until treated water from Dhapa and Garden Reach plants becomes available.
While short-term measures like tanker supply and tubewell sinking may provide temporary relief, long-term solutions like enhancing water treatment capacity are imperative to address the recurring water crisis effectively.
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