Workforce shortage hits Cauvery IV Stage

Work on Cauvery IV Stage II phase has been expedited by roping in workers from various departments. DH photo

To overcome shortage of 1,000 workers, around 400 of them have been drawn from the Public Works Department, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, Nirmiti Kendra and Karnataka State Police Housing Corporation, BWSSB Minister S Suresh Kumar said on Monday.

The homeguards attached to the Corporation are trained in skilled works and the BWSSB will hire them to complete the project, he added. He was speaking to reporters after the monthly inspection of the project.

About 65 per cent of the work on the project has been completed with pipelines laid up to 110 km out of the total 179 km.

Three pumping stations, seven ground-level reservoirs and 11 sewage treatment plants have been proposed to be set up as part of the Rs 3,383-crore project.

The project is expected to be completed by March 2012. The minister, however, asked the BWSSB authorities to complete the work by December this year and commence the trial supply by January 2012.

The City would get an additional 500 million litre of water per day with the commissioning of the project.

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