Mud slides hamper Gangtok water supply


Wed, Aug 21, 2019

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK:
Water supply in several parts of the capital and surrounding areas has been hit following damage caused to supply lines by rain triggered landslides.
State PHE department PCE cum secretary R.K. Pariyar told SIKKIM EXPRESS that the source of Gangtok water supply have developed muddy water due to which the supply from the source to filter tank at Selep Tank have been cut off for some time. “The sludgy water at the source was reported by the field functionaries two days back and following the report we had to cut down. If the muddy water is allowed to flow till the Selep Tank, it will affect the stored water and the filter tanks. As of date we have made alternative source arrangement but the water to the filter tank is limited following which we have also reduced the supply,” he said.
Owing to the situation, the department has started controlled water supply to all the consumers since the past few days but works are being initiated to restore the same and let the water at the source to clear.
Likewise, the PHE distribution lines have been damaged at the Gyan Mandir construction site near All India Radio and below the police barrack below Paljor Stadium. The pipelines are used for the supply of water to various places within the periphery of the capital. The restoration works of the damaged pipeline is being carried out but delayed due to difficulty in locating the fault.


Area: 7096 Sq Km
Capital:Gangtok
Altitude: 5,840 ft
Population: 6.10 Lakhs
Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 ft. to over 28,509 ft above sea level
Climate:
Summer: Max- 21°C ; Min – 13°C
Winter: Max -13°C ; Min – 0.48°C
Rainfall: 325 cm per annum
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