MJP to give peri-urban water supply in private hands

NAGPUR: On the lines of city’s water and power supply, the state government’s Jeevan Pradhikaran (MJP) has decided to give peri-urban into private hands. The MJP had developed water infrastructure and network in 10 villages on the city’s South-East outskirts under the Peri Urban Water Supply Scheme (PUWSS) at a cost of Rs232.74 crore recently. This will be handed over to private operator for operations.

MJP has started tendering process for operation and maintenance of PUWSS in 10 villages — Besa, Beltarodi, Ghogli, Shankarpur, Pipla, Kharbi, Bahadura, Gonhi Sim, Kapsi (khurd) and Kharbi. The contract period is set as three years.

MJP’s model is different from that of Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). MJP’s model is similar to the power franchisee model chosen by Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) in the city.

An MJP official told TOI the private operator will be responsible for water quantum, water losses, meter reading, billing and recovery. “MJP has its water treatment plants (WTPs) at Shankarpur. There are two big elevated service reservoirs (ESR) near the WTPs. Water is supplied to 27 small-sized ESRs situated in Peri Urban area, from where water is supplied to households. MJP will install flow meters at two big ESRs at Shankarpur. The private operator will have to pay for the entire water released from the two big ESRs,” he said.

MJP sources said the private operator will have to pay the department as per the rate fixed in tendering process. “Private operator will have to increase consumers, take care of water losses, ensure high recovery etc to earn from the scheme. But the private operator will have to follow water tariff decided by MJP,” sources said.

Asked why MJP is going for private operator instead of running on its own, MJP official said need was to encourage PPP model in water sector. “PPP model has become successful in many sectors like roads, infrastructure. PPP model is delayed in water sector,” he said.

The state government had approved Rs232.74 crore PUWSS in 2014. Bhoomipuja of the scheme was performed on December 25, 2014. The target was to complete the scheme by September 2016 but got delayed. The scheme was inaugurated on January 29 this year.

The private company — IVRCL — that executed the scheme was operating and maintaining the scheme covering around 9,000 consumers and water quantum of 7-8 million litres per day (MLD) on trial basis. Now, MJP is looking after operation and maintenance.

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