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Nitin Gadkari & Devendra Fadnavis Set to Unveil Two Key Overhead Tanks

Nagpur, a city grappling with water supply challenges, is poised for a transformative event as Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis come together to dedicate two crucial overhead tanks in Wathoda on February 25. This milestone marks a significant leap forward in the city’s water management strategy, promising to reshape the narrative around water accessibility and sustainability.

In a bid to address Nagpur’s water scarcity concerns, the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has undertaken a groundbreaking initiative with the commissioning of these overhead tanks. As the city gears up for this momentous occasion, let’s delve into the details of how this development is set to redefine Nagpur’s water supply dynamics.

Revolutionizing Water Supply Infrastructure (Nitin Gadkari |Devendra Fadnavis)

The Impact on Water Tankers

NMC’s water works superintending engineer, Shweta Banerjee, anticipates a substantial reduction in the reliance on water tankers. By the month’s end, the number of water tankers is expected to decrease from 155 to 135, translating into a more efficient and cost-effective water distribution system.

Current Water Supply System

Banerjee sheds light on Nagpur’s current water supply scenario, emphasizing the NMC’s (Nitin Gadkari |Devendra Fadnavis) commitment to providing treated drinking water. The city boasts 75 elevated and ground reservoirs delivering potable water, supported by a fleet of 155 tankers catering to non-network areas.

Highlighting the financial impact, Banerjee notes a significant reduction in annual expenses from Rs 21 crore to Rs 3 crore for 155 water tankers. This positive shift is attributed to the success of the central government’s Rs 300 crore Amrut project, which focuses on enhancing door-to-door water connections.

Expanding Water Networks 

Pipeline Advancements

Under the Amrut project, the NMC has laid over 449km of pipelines, significantly expanding the city’s water network to over 4,300km. This expansion has not only increased household connections but also paved the way for a more sustainable water distribution model.

Elevated Storage Reservoirs

The NMC’s proactive measures include the construction of 19 elevated storage reservoirs across the corporation limits, particularly in outer areas. With an eye on the future, Banerjee reveals plans to commission more elevated storage reservoirs by the end of the year, enhancing water supply reliability.

Innovative Solutions: The Double Decker ESR (Nitin Gadkari |Devendra Fadnavis)

Addressing Challenges in South Nagpur

A standout project in the pipeline is the double-decker elevated storage reservoir at Hanuman Nagar, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country. Expected to be operational this year, it aims to alleviate water supply challenges in south Nagpur, a historically problematic area for the city.

FAQs: Addressing Common Concerns

  1. How has the Amrut project impacted water supply?
    • The Amrut project has significantly improved door-to-door water connections, resulting in a more robust and cost-efficient water distribution system.
  2. What is the significance of the double-decker ESR at Hanuman Nagar?
  3. How many zones have achieved tanker-free status?
    • Mangalwari and Dhantoli have already been declared tanker-free, with more zones, including Dharampeth, Nehru Nagar, and Lakadganj, slated to follow suit.
  4. What challenges does Satranjipura-Ashi Nagar zones face in reducing tanker dependency?
    • These zones face the tough task of extending the pipeline network to cover many areas, posing a challenge in achieving a tanker-free status.
  5. What is the timeline for commissioning the Nagpur Smart and Sustainable City Development Corporation’s ESR projects?
    • The four ESR projects in east Nagpur are set to be commissioned by June, promising improved water supply in the Lakadganj zone.
  6. How does the NMC plan to reduce the number of tanks further this fiscal year?
    • The NMC aims to achieve a reduction of 16 tanks by implementing strategic measures within the current fiscal year.


Nagpur’s journey towards a sustainable and efficient water supply system is gaining momentum. With visionary projects, collaborative efforts, and strategic investments, the city is not only addressing current challenges but setting a precedent for water management solutions. As Nagpur inches closer to a future where water scarcity is a thing of the past, the dedication of these overhead tanks stands as a symbol of progress and resilience.

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