Water supply in the City to be affected today

Water supply will be affected on Monday as there was a power shutdown at the 66 and 220 kv power station at TK halli for nearly two hours on Sunday. 

A huge tree located close to the power station fell on the transmission lines at 11:25 am which resulted in the shutdown of all the pumping station of Cauvery water supply. 

It took nearly two hours for the BWSSB workers to clear the tree and resume the pumping at 1:20 pm.  Parts of the City which had their scheduled supply time on Sunday did not receive water. The supply will also be affected on Monday, especially in areas located in Bangalore North and East, which receive water at the tail end of the supply chain.

Delay disappoints

BWSSB minister S Suresh Kumar has expressed his disappointment with regard to work carried out by some of the contractors under Cauvery II stage IV phase project at Thorakadanahalli. 

During his inspection of the project, the minister pulled up some of the agencies and gave them April 30 as the deadline to complete the work. He asked the heads of the agencies to be present at the project site to speed up the work and to supply water to Bangalore City by June 2012.

The minister inspected 18 million litre capacity reservoir at Jambusavari Gudda, nearly 95 percent of work is completed here with only inlet and outlet pipe installation work
pending.

Problems for completion

According to a BWSSB engineer, lack of labourers and non-availability of sand seem to be the problems to complete the work on time.  Though efforts were made to bring workers through associations, the contractors were not ready to pay according to the association demand. With the existing labourers, the work is being carried out at a slow pace.

Out of total 172 km pipeline-laying work, near 159 km work has been completed. In Bangalore, out of 13 km nearly 9 km of pipeline has been laid. This particular work is delayed due to right of way (ROW) permits, which is not received on time. 

Almost done

With regard to 500 million litre water treatment plant in TK halli, nearly 75 percent of work has been completed and partial commissioning of the plant is expected in April 2012.

Once cleaning work of pipeline is completed, water is expected to reach the City by June.

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