State Urban development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday inaugurated Mohini Chowdhury booster pumping station at Behala.
The station has come up at Senpalli and has the capacity to store 30 million gallon of water. This will benefit around 70,000 residents of wards 129, 128 (partial), 130 (partial) and 131 (partial).
With the inauguration of pumping station, a long standing demand of the residents of the area has been fulfilled.
It may be recalled that Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, who hails from the same place, had assured the residents that a scheme had been initiated to meet their demand.
Drinking water crisis in the area has not been addressed since five decades. In 1985, Behala, which was under South Suburban Municipality, came under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).
The Garden Reach Water Works will supply water to the pumping station.
Constructed by Kolkata Metropolitan Water and Sanitation Authority (KMWSA) in the 1970s, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation recently took over the pumping station for better management. Water will stored in a reservoir and then it will be supplied to the individual households through pipeline.
It may be mentioned that after coming to power, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had urged all the civic bodies and municipalities to provide drinking water to city residents.
Accordingly, all the civic bodies throughout West Bengal have made plans to supply drinking water to every household.