Chandigarh: Banwarilal Purohit, Hon’ble Governor, Punjab and Administrator, Chandigarh today laid the foundation stone of 24×7 water supply project at Manimajra in the presence of Smt. Kirron Kher, MP-Chandigarh (Virtually).
While addressing the gathering, the Governor said that the vision of Municipal Corporation is to make and maintain the city beautiful in livability, sustainability, equality and innovation parameters along with providing the best urban experience to its residents. I have noticed that the residents of Chandigarh are quite aware and play a vital role in shaping and defining the vision and targets for the city.
He said that the citizens of Manimajra will highly benefit from this 24×7 Water Supply Project as continuous water supply system will provide better water quality and households will get better pressure of water sufficient to fill tanks up to third storey so pumping costs will also decrease.
He appreciated the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation to work so active and committed for taking various steps to improve the basic upkeep besides ensuring the availability of civic amenities in each sector.
The Governor said that public participation is must in understanding the issues, recognizing the areas requiring improvement and evolving strategies for future planning and the Municipal Corporation always seeks and considers public opinion, suggestive measures from the citizens and tries to implement their ideas in best possible manner.
He congratulated the Mayor and councilors, the Commissioner and her team of officers for taking up these people centric steps in the larger public interest and wish them all success in future endeavors. The Governor asked the concerned officers of Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation Chandigarh to speed up the work of this project and complete this in stipulated time frame.
Smt. Kirron Kher, Member Parliament, UT, Chandigarh said that as public representatives the councillors are entrusted with a bigger role and responsibility by the residents of Chandigarh and they are doing justice with that by providing better infrastructure and improving the basic amenities.
She said that in 2014, she raised the concern over the release additional water supply line from Bhakhra main line in the parliament and after crossing many hurdles, Chandigarh got the additional water supply line. She said with this pilot project started in Manimjara, the residents will get their long pending demand fulfilled.
Sh. Ravi Kant Sharma, Mayor said that the primary goal of the project is switching from intermittent supply to 24×7 continuous pressurized supply system citing health, hygiene and water saving benefits.
The Mayor said that the major components to be carried out in this project are including new Water Works to improve water pressures in the area. He said that this Project will involve new water works with 4 Million Gallon of additional storage, 13700 smart meters, 20 km of new lines, Automated monitoring of system through SCADA. All 37 Tubewells will be phased out 100% water supply will be shifted to surface water.
Speaking on the occasion, Sh. Dharam Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh highlighted other crucial projects being carried out by Chandigarh Smart City Limited such as the ‘Im Chandigarh (I am Chandigarh)’ app, Integrated Command & Control center (ICCC) and Public Bike Sharing (PBS) system.
He said that Smart city mission Launched by Government of India has 35 projects funded by Smart cities mission. Chandigarh has almost 90 percent of Projects that benefit city as a whole. 24×7 water supplies is being carried out in Manimajra at Rs 162 crores including cost of 15 years Operation &Maintenance, the work is expected to be completed by Aug 2023.
Earlier, the area councilor Sh. Jagtar Singh Jagga thanked all the dignitaries and local residents for being part of this big project for Manimajra. He said that with this project the residents of Manimajra will get upgraded water supply and better quality of water.
Among others present were Sh. Ravi Kant Sharma, Mayor-Chandigarh, Sh. Dharam Pal, IAS, Adviser to the Administrator, Sh. Nitin Yadav, IAS, Home Secretary, U.T. Chandigarh, Sh. Mandeep Singh Brar, Deputy Commissioner, Ms. Anindita Mitra, IAS, Commissioner-MC Chandigarh-cum-CEO, Chandigarh Smart City Limited, Sh. Jagtar Singh Jagga, area councilor, other councilors and local residents.