Agartala, December 5: In a significant stride towards fulfilling the government’s commitment to providing clean drinking water to every household, Tripura Chief Minister Dr. Manik Saha inaugurated the state’s maiden SCADA (Superiority Control and Data Acquisition) groundwater treatment plant in Ushabazar, Agartala, on Tuesday.
The state-of-the-art plant, boasting a capacity of 8 MLD (Millions of Liters per Day), has been erected at a cost of Rs 78 crores.
Initially catering to around 4000 families, the plant’s potential reach can extend to 6000 families in the future, according to Secretary Abhishek Singh.
This fully automated facility features remote control capabilities and incorporates a smart water quality meter, ensuring the purity of portable water for consumers. Additionally, it is equipped to measure five key qualitative parameters, including pH, temperature, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity.
Following the inauguration, Chief Minister Saha inspected the groundwater treatment plant, expressing satisfaction with the progress.
He emphasized the statewide implementation of such plants to deliver clean, iron-free water to the public.
Saha highlighted the government’s commitment, citing the Prime Minister’s dedication to enhancing basic facilities, especially in the crucial area of water supply.
The Jaal Jiban Mission and Haar Ghar Jaal initiatives aim for cent percent pipeline supply of drinking water to all households.
In addressing water quality concerns, the Chief Minister revealed ongoing efforts, including the installation of iron removal plants across the state and the substitution of iron pipes with plastic and PVC pipes.
He underscored the government’s focus on arresting the decline in water tables through specific projects.
Agartala, with a total of 122,094 families, has already provided piped water supply to 63% of households.
Under the AMRIT 2 scheme, 16,224 families will receive piped water in the next two years, while the remaining families will be covered under the ADB project at a cost of Rs 600 crores.
Currently, 55% of urban households in Tripura benefit from pipeline water.
The AMRIT 2 initiative targets an additional 23,700 urban households at a joint cost of Rs 182 crores, shared by the central and state governments.
This collective effort signifies a crucial step towards ensuring clean and accessible drinking water for the people of Tripura.
Mayor of Agartala, Dipak Majumder, Commissioner of Agartala Municipal Corporation Dr Shailesh Kumar Yadav, former MLA Dr Dilip Kumar Das and local councillors were present in the programme.