Chief Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma on October 15 inaugurated the commissioning of Leechubagan reservoir with a daily capacity of 4.5 lakh litre distribution as part of the JICA-Assisted South Central Guwahati Water Supply Project to provide clean and safe drinking water to the residents of Guwahati.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that a wide distribution network spanning 130 km has been established to facilitate the distribution of water from the reservoir. The Leechubagan Distribution Zone is expected to provide water to approximately 20,000 households, he said. The first of the three phases of the Leechubagan Zone will comprise seven District Metering Areas (DMA), which will supply potable water to 6,500 households.
Dr. Sarma said that after a successful trial run, the Guwahati Water Supply project was inaugurated for partial commissioning on December 21, 2022. With the Intake plant and Water treatment plant at Kharghuli, the project has been able to supply water to the residents of 14 DMAs.
The phased commissioning plan for Leechubagan and Ramsahill Reservoir Zone has been finalised and this will cover 13 DMAs benefitting 10,903 households, he said.
Dr. Sarma said that once the second phase of Leechubagan & Ramsahill Reservoir Zone is completed, 16 DMAs covering 14,928 households will get potable drinking water. The Chief Minister informed that the North Guwahati project will be commissioned in February 2024 covering 15 DMAs. The commissioning of Narkasur and Geetanagar Reservoir in Phase 4 has been fixed for March 2024. Thirty five DMAs will be covered in Phase 4 commissioning, benefitting 23,442 households. Sonaighuli Reservoir Zone will be commissioned in Phase 5 covering 23 DMAs and 28,845 households, Dr Sarma added.
Dr. Sarma further said that the South West Guwahati Water Supply project, once completed, will be able to supply potable drinking water to 55,000 households. He said that Larsen & Toubro Ltd. has been assigned to complete the project which is expected to be completed in the first half of 2025.