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Rs 144 Cr Yamuna-Mussoorie Drinking Water Scheme nears completion

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By OUR STAFF REPORTER
MUSSOORIE, 14 May: Work on the central government’s ambitious Yamuna-Mussoorie drinking water pumping scheme, costing Rs 144 crores, is almost complete. Water reached the tanks of the Radha Bhawan Estate from the Yamuna River late on Saturday night. With the completion of this scheme, Mussoorie will not have the problem of drinking water for the next 40 years.

Through the efforts of Rajya Sabha MP Anil Baluni, former Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat and Tehri MP Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, CM Puskar Singh Dhami and Cabinet Minister Ganesh Joshi, approval was given to the Rs 144 crore plan to bring water from the Yamuna River to Mussoorie. Through this scheme, drinking water supply will also be given to Bhediyan, Bungalow ki Kandi, Sartali and Kason villages of the area.

Drinking Water Corporation Executive Engineer Praveen Rai said that a 10 km long pipeline has been laid in the four-stage pumping scheme from Yamuna River.

With the implementation of the drinking water scheme, fifteen million litres daily (MLD) water will be provided to Mussoorie. Mussoorie consumes seven MLD of water on normal days and eight MLD on weekends. On the other hand, during summer, the consumption of water increases to 14 MLD. Mussoorie currently has a capacity of seven and a half MLD drinking water, of which four MLD is supplied to the local people and the rest to the hotels here. Mussoorie, buzzing with tourists, increases the water requirement during summers.

On late Saturday night, water was lifted from the River Yamuna to the water tank built at Mussoorie Radha Bhavan Estate. The officers and employees of Jal Nigam are exhilarated with this achievement. Now, the people of Mussoorie will have to wait for 10 more days because the pipeline and tankers have to be cleaned.

Executive Engineer of Mussoorie Jal Nigam Praveen Kumar Rai said that, under the scheme, about 95 percent work has been completed. He said that, in the first phase, 3 MLD water would be made available to the residents of Mussoorie. Under the plan, a sub-station is being set up by the electricity department in Kyarsi village near Mussoorie Kempty, the construction work of which will be completed by the end of June. After that there will be no drinking water problem in Mussoorie. Daily, 12 MLD water will be available to the people of Mussoorie. He said that this plan has been made keeping in view the next 40 years. In future, if there is excess water in Mussoorie, water under this scheme can also be supplied to Rajpur and Dehradun. It was a challenge for the department to complete this scheme, but it had been completed under the efficient leadership of the higher officials, and the cooperation of the officers and employees of the local administration and related departments. Testing of drinking water lines laid in Mussoorie will also be done after water comes to Radha Bhawan Estate.

State President of the Uttarakhand Hotel and Restaurant Association Sandeep Sahni has expressed happiness at this achievement. He recalled that, for the survey of Mussoorie Yamuna Drinking Water Scheme, Rs 2 crore were given by former CM Harish Rawat. After the tireless efforts of local MLA and Cabinet Minister Ganesh Joshi, the drinking water scheme worth Rs 144 crores was approved in Mussoorie.

President of the Mussoorie Hotel Association Sanjay Aggarwal said that there was a huge shortage of drinking water in Mussoorie, due to which the hoteliers had to face a lot of problems. Now there would be relief for the people thanks to the drinking water scheme.