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Pali District Collector’s quest for quenching thirst
Pali: As the Pali was struggling for drinking water supply this summer also, an innovative experiment done by District Collector Namit Mehta ensured that drinking water supply for better in Pali city.
The state government decided to run Pali water train from Jodhpur and also passed a budget of Rs 20 crore. Pali city requires 2 crore liters of water per day but was getting only 60 lakh liters of water from three trips of the water train.
Due to acute shortage of water in Jawai Dam, the only drinking water source of Pali, water supply had stopped from there also. Namit Mehta with his intelligence and ability found four closed stone mines, only 20 km away from Pali city, in which about 800 MLD water was found. Mehta went to the spot and got the water tested and it proved to be potable. The motors were lowered to a depth of 70 to 80 feet and by connecting the pipeline water was pumped to the filter plant of Pali and from there supplied to the city. This innovation not only supplied water but also reduced expenditure on water trains. 60 lakh liters of water reached Pali every day by three trips of train costing Rs 10 lakh. While 80 lakh to 1 crore liters of water from the mines is costing only Rs 1 lakh.