Chandigarh, February 18
er conservation is going high-tech in the city. In a unique initiative, the MC is set to commission a Rs 20-crore computerised project for the conservation of water with the objective of providing water supply round the clock.

Installed under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission of the ministry of urban development, the system --SCADA--will go a long way in saving water and resources of the civic body. The project is likely to save about Rs 4.25 crore for the civic body, sources told The Tribune today.

They said the project would provide electromagnetic flow meters, besides providing sluice valves with actuators.

In addition, remote terminal units would be provided in all water works and over 200 tubewells in the jurisdiction of the civic body.

Flow of any pump in the water works and tubewells would be known at the click of the mouse by the staff sitting at the centralised office at the MC office in Sector 17, the sources said.

Mayor Pardeep Chhabra claimed that the project was the result of efforts by minister of state for finance Pawan Bansal to bring world class technology to the city.

The new system would optimise peak hour requirements and save about Rs 1 crore through conservation of energy and reduction in wear and tear.

The human error during the operation would be eliminated and there would be reduction in unaccounted water from 3 per cent to 5 per cent. This would result in the saving of 2 million gallons per day of water per year, saving the MC Rs 1.6 crore.

The operation of tubewells would be computerised and there would be no need to engage any outside agency to maintain them. This would entail a saving of Rs 2.6 crore annually, a senior official claimed.

Source: Pradeep Sharma Tribune News Service