Acute water shortage in Jammu, supply slumps from Sitlee Water Filtration Plant, Nagrota
Aug 28, 2019
JAMMU: Several localities in Jammu district are dealing with shortage of water due to the slump in the water supply from Sitlee Water Filtration Plant near Nagrota Bypass.
The frequent floods in river Tawi have led to the accumulation of silt in the plant since a month now which has caused water shortage of around 24 MGD of water.
Sitlee Water Filtration Plant has the capacity of providing 30 million gallons of water per day to Jammu West localities but now-a-days, the plant is providing only 50% of total filtered water. This decrease in production capacity is affecting Janipur, Indira Colony, Lakad Mandi, Bhawani Nagar, Excelsior Lane, Naseeb Nagar, Shant Nagar, New Plot, Patoli, Janipur Colony, Subhash Nagar, Bakshi Nagar, Rehari, Paloura, Buta Nagar, Janipur Colony, Roop Nagar, Muthi, Rajinder Nagar, Chinore, Ban Talab etc.
Apart from this, Panjtirthi Filtration Plant also generates around 1.8 million gallons of water per day with 40% reduction in its production capacity. People are facing immense trouble due to water unavailability and they are receiving water supply for hardly 15-20 minutes these days.
Chief Engineer, PHE Jammu, Dr Sanjeev Chadha said that the floods in river Tawi is causing trouble to the filtration plant at Sitlee and he also admitted that a proper solution is required to be devised for this problem.
The statistics reveal that 76 MGD of water on daily basis and PHE Department is able to provide hardly 65 MGD of water. And this reduction in water supply is due to Sitlee plant.
Time and again, the department has advised people to use water judiciously so that it can be ensured that water reaches to all households.
Chief Engineer said that with the commissioning of proposed Chenab Water Supply project, this problem will be solved. He also told that this problem at Sitlee will continue till September 15 due to frequent floods but the department is contemplating to prepare contingency plan to solve this issue.