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Foundation stones laid for two water treatment plants

TNN, 03 March 2014


PANAJI: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday laid foundation stones for two water treatment plants-the 71crore 27MLD Opa water treatment plant and the 115crore 25MLD Ganjem water treatment plant.


The entire 27MLD of water is planned to be pumped to Panaji city, which presently gets only around 11.5MLD. Once commissioned, the Opa plant is expected to supply 24x7 water supply to Panaji. The capital city has about 8,500 water connections. The Opa project is being taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru national urban renewal mission (JNNURM) scheme.


The existing capacity of the Opa water treatment facility is 114MLD. But with the water getting distributed to the two talukas of Tiswadi and Ponda and some villages adjoining Ponda, there is a water shortage at Panaji. Now, not only will the entire 27MLD water be pumped to Panaji, the city's water pipeline is being replaced with a new pipeline, which is designed to supply 24x7 water to Panaji.


The distribution network will comprise HDPE (high density polyethylene) and ductile iron pipes ranging in diameters from 90mm to 450mm. The distribution network is 87km-long in the city itself.


The project will be taken up in two parts; one is the construction of the 27-MLD water treatment plant and the second is the distribution network. Both contractors will be given a deadline of 365 days to complete the works. The work order will have provisions to levy fines if the contractors delay the work and also to give bonus payment if they complete the works ahead of schedule.


The 25 MLD water treatment plant at Ganjem will help to supply water to areas in Sanvordem, Sanguem and Ponda taluka.