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Like many other cities in India, Jalandhar is dependent on groundwater for its water needs. However, its current supply is almost depleted, and the rainfall patterns are insufficient to recharge the source for the city’s growing volume requirements.
To support Jalandhar achieve its vision of a reliable and safe water supply for its residents, CDIA has recently initiated its work with the city in shifting to a surface water supply source. Its assistance is expected to cover the identification of surface water source and stable location of the intake pump, water treatment plant, and transmission lines that will connect to the existing distribution system – mindful of social and environmental norms.
“This project is very important to the city of Jalandhar and we would lead discussions with higher authorities to ensure that what we do are aligned with state-level priorities,” emphasized Mayor Sh. Jagdish Raj Raja during the project inception workshop held 15 March 2018.
Dr. Basant Garg, Commissioner of the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) supplemented the Mayor’s remark by positing the need for organizational transformation and capacity building as the city adapts to the changes in the water source.
In response, CDIA’s Program Manager Neil Chadder stated, “CDIA is responsive to these organizational needs, and a roadmap will be part of the project output.”
Meanwhile, Susan Jose, CDIA’s Environmental and Resilience Specialist, facilitated the Urban Resilience Workshop last 20 March 2018. The objective of the activity was to raise awareness on the importance of the concept of urban resilience, with particular attention to water supply. The participatory approach gave rise to concrete examples of potential shocks and stresses that could possibly affect the city’s capacity to provide water.
The workshop brought together Mayor Raja, Commissioner Garg, the engineers of the water supply department, urban planners, and state-level officials responsible for transportation, water supply and sewerage, pollution management and forest protection. Through the workshop, they were able to appreciate the collaboration needed among them to make the city resilient, starting with their water supply.
“Resilience in the water supply sector is truly needed as the vulnerable groups will be most affected by any interruption,” remarked Commissioner Garg in appreciation of the workshop.