In 2007, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) awarded Veolia the contract for rehabilitation and augmentation of portable water treatment plant in order to meet the growing demand for water in the city of Nagpur. The Pench I project was undertaken with Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban renewal Mission (JnNURM) funds including 70% from grant-in-aid and 30% from Veolia. Commissioned in 2008, Veolia operated and maintained the Pench I water treatment plant for a period of five years.
Veolia augmented the capacity of the Pench I water treatment plant from 113.5 MLD to 136 MLD (more than 20%) by rehabilitating the civil, mechanical, electrical and instrumentation facilities of the old units and installing a MultifloTM for the first time in India.
Veolia improved the efficiency of the plant by replacing the old pumping machinery that resulted in considerable annual cost savings. For the first time, the backwash water of Pench I has been re-circulated in the system, which is a result of reducing the water loss.
Effective control and remote monitoring system were also installed as part of the improvement process, along with system up gradation to accommodate the above modifications.
The main aim of this contract was to rehabilitate the existing water plant and improve its efficiency and productivity as well as quality of water. The project was successfully operated and maintained by Veolia for five years and handed over to NMC on successful completion of the contract.