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Underground drainage project delayed by 22 months

Bangalore, Niveditha Jain, June 19, 2013, DHNS: 3:24 IST
The Greater Bangalore  Underground Drainage  project in progress.
The ambitious Greater Bangalore Underground Drainage project (GBUGD), which was to be completed by March 2014, is now expected to go on till October 2015, causing delay of nearly 22 months before citizens can get relief from diverted traffic, choc-a-bloc roads, pollution and other problems.

Claiming that nearly 74 per cent of the project work was over, BWSSB Chief Engineer (Project) Ramaswamy said, “While our deadline is March 2014, we will be able to finish the work only by October 2015.”

According to him, rains, narrow roads, obstruction of storm water drain, receiving permissions from Metro and railway authorities, et al have contributed to the delay.

Apart from laying sanitary pipelines, the World Bank-funded project, taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), also envisages setting up of intermediate sewage pumping stations (ISPS) and small sewage treatment plants (STPs) at required places.

Incidentally, the project is being carried out in eight urban local bodies falling under the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) umbrella, which includes Nagawara and HBR Layout coming under Byatarayanapura Zone.

BWSSB engineers maintained that UGD work in Byatarayanapura Zone was started in 2010 itself. A total of 104 km stretch including various pockets of Hennur village and Kacharakanahalli have been covered.

“About 85 per cent of work is completed in Byatarayanapura Zone. We will keep lanes open for traffic as and when pipes are laid. But finishing the entire Nagawara Main Road–Telecom Layout stretch will take another six months,” BWSSB Engineer (East Division) Sridhar said.

The project’s component which includes laying of sanitary pipelines is carried out under Karnataka Municipal Reforms Project (KMRP). The work that started from Nagawara Main Road near Shampura Railway Gate will be extended up to Telecom Layout near HBR Layout. BWSSB officials put the estimate of the total cost of the work covering both the places and surrounding areas at Rs 35 crore.

Further, sanitary water flowing from UGD lines will reach Hennur storm water Sewage Treatment Plant (STP).

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