GUWAHATI: The northern part of the city, which includes Raj Bhavan and chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal’s official residence, will go dry for three days from Tuesday as water supply will be disrupted over damage to a transformer.
This will affect about 3 lakh people in Chandmari, Silpukhuri, Bamunimaidan, Latasil, Joypur, Kharghuli, Raj Bhavan Road, Lamb Road and Nizarapar areas. All these areas fall under Gauhati East constituency.
An official of the water works department of the GMC said, “A short circuit damaged the 500 KVA transformers at the Satpukhuri Water Treatment Plant. So, repairing the transformer will take about three days. The water supply will remain disrupted from Tuesday to Thursday.”
The official said the restoration work has already been started with the help of Assam Power Distribution Corporation Limited (APDCL). “We are trying to restore it at the earliest, as it falls under essential services. As soon as we complete it, we will resume the services.”
The water treatment plant (WTP) was commissioned in 1930 — the oldest WTP in the city — and was renovated in 1984. The plant has a capacity of producing 22.5 million litres of water per day (MLD).
The treated water is pumped into the water reservoir situated at the top of Navagraha hill, from where it is supplied. The reservoir has a capacity of supplying 80 lakh litres of water per day.
In 2011, then Congress government had started constructing a water project — called South Central Guwahati water project — with a capacity of 191 MLD to cover such a large population in the region. However, the project it yet to be completed even after a decade.
The project has been funded by JICA and has a project cost of Rs 1,426 crore. “About 80% of the projects have been completed. We are expecting to complete the projects by July next year,” a JICA official said.