Malavoor dam sees hope after 8 years

Government releases Rs 10.5 crore for the project

The project is aimed at supplying drinking water to 11 villages under seven Gram Panchayats namely Bala, Malavoor, Moodushedde, Bajpe, Ekkar, Permude and Jokatte by constructing a dam at Malavoor.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mangalore Taluk Panchayat Assistant Executive Engineer Shanmugam said Malavoor and 10 other villages are going a step closer to getting potable water. He said the tender has already been invited and the work will be handed over to the agency after technical bid is qualified.

The project idea was conceptualised in 2002 under Rajiv Gandhi Rural Drinking Water Project to construct a vented dam across Gurpura River at Malavoor to supply water to the neighbouring villages.

Later, the project sum of Rs 92.56 lakh was raised from the beneficiaries and some associations working in the limits of the said seven Gram Panchayats.  The money has been deposited in the bank since then.

In 2003, experts from National Institute of Technology Karnataka (NITK) had prepared a proposal for the dam at an estimated cost of Rs 10.76 crore. Later, as per the direction of the government, District Water and Sanitation Committee gave administrative approval for the project in 2004.

In fact, tender was also invited for Rs 12.65 crore but since the contractor had quoted Rs 18.19 crore, which was higher than what the government had expected, the project received a set back.

Later, in 2007 the Union Government approved Rs 18.19 crore project and urged the state government to collect 10 per cent of the total amount from the beneficiaries. The Centre had even agreed to sanction Rs 16.38 crore. Once again the project cost was revised to Rs 20.5 crore by the NITK. In 2009 February, tender was invited and later was cancelled owing to the irrational increase in the construction cost.

Shanmugam said in the first phase, a vented dam will be constructed across the river at Malavoor. In the second phase, jackwell will be constructed along with the treatment plant and pipelines will be laid for the supply of water.

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