Kma water supply project unlikely even in 2019

Kma water supply project unlikely even in 2019
File photo of the water reservoir at the project site.
Correspondent KOHIMA, OCT 22 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/22/2019 11:29:53 AM IST

Despite the project to augment water supply to Kohima town by pumping water from the Zarü stream having begun in 2012, the project continues to face hurdles and is unlikely to be completed even in 2019.

The mega water project was expected to provide more than 3 million litres of water per day to the State Capital. The sanctioned cost of the project was Rs 4,673.09 lakh and expenditure up to February 2017 was Rs 3,037.41 lakh according to public health engineering department (PHED) officials.

The scheme was being taken up on 90:10 funding pattern under the Union urban development ministry and was scheduled for completion in 2014-15, but was re-scheduled to 2015-16 taking into account the delay in release of funds.

After inspection in 2017, the PHED confirmed that the project was likely to be completed by May, but that did not materialise. In the current year, the department was yet to carry out a study.

The project involves pumping of water from Zarü stream to a reservoir at Kigwema village through two stages of pumping. From this reservoir, water is proposed to be supplied to residents of the State capital by using the force of gravity.

Talking to Nagaland Post, one PHED official said the first stage pumping testing was done many times but that they were yet to test from the intermediate level to the top point because of electrical problems.

He added that the department had to order variable frequency drive (VFD), a type of motor controller that drives an electric motor by varying the frequency and voltage of its power supply.

“Even if there is 10% fluctuation in the electric current supply for such big motor, it will affect the machine,” he explained, adding that to regulate the fluctuation of electric current the department had ordered VFD.

It was also informed that the work would resume once the machine reached the site, while other small works would be completed.

The official said due to shortage of power supply during the testing of water pump, the electric current was drawn from Jakhama side and Chakhabama line, and appreciated the power department for lending a helping hand.

Informing this correspondent that the work was almost over and ready for commissioning, the official hoped that fund constraint would not be an issue to complete the remaining work. 

About the delay, the official explained that it was a combination of unforeseen factors, adding the department was trying to analysis the problems so that the project could be completed soon.

While confirming that the motor controller (two units) had already reached Dimapur, he said the work was supposed to begin after the Durga Puja holidays.

The official said the department had planned another project for Dzükuo, from where water would flow automatically by gravity and Kohima would have enough water, if implemented. But he added that the project might or might not happen.


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