Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation will be spending a whopping Rs 43 crore for the rejuvenation of waterbodies in the city.
"There are a number of waterbodies in the city that are in urgent need of renovation. We have received an allocation of Rs 19 crore from the state Pollution Control Board and Rs 18 crore from the Municipal Affairs and Urban Development department. We will be spending Rs 6 crore from our own fund and this entire amount will be used for renovation of waterbodies," Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said during his budget speech on Wednesday.
It may be mentioned that the Mayor is also in charge of the Environment department, under which the Pollution Control Board comes. Responding to the demand of a number of councillors on increase of their funds, the Mayor said that he would try his best to raise the councillors fund by Rs 5 lakh. The present councillors fund stands at Rs 30 lakh.
Chatterjee reiterated a series of measures that the KMC is taking for improving the water supply in the city. "We are renovating the Mullickghat pumping station which is very old. The residents of Burrabazar face water supply problems when the level of water in the river goes down during the summer. This will soon be a thing of the past," he added.
He again made it clear that KMC board under Trinamool Congress will not charge a single penny from the citizens, for the supply of water at every single doorstep.
"We are installing water metres to keep a tab on the usage and wastage of water. However, there is no question of levying any charge for the water metres," he maintained, adding that the capacity of Garden Reach Waterworks will be increased from 185 million gallon to 210 million gallon in the next six months.