Rs 475 cr for BWSSB plans

The government, on Friday, announced Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB) future programmes, which include distribution improvement and leakage control at a cost of Rs 475 crore where pipelines will be replaced for nearly 130 sq km in the next three years. 

It announced setting up of 11 new sewerage treatment plants with financial assistance of JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) in the next three years. 

Work will be taken up to augment the capacity of waste water treatment from 339 million litres per day (MLD) to 1,060 MLD and to implement environmental action plan at a cost of Rs 210 crore. 

For CMC/TMC areas added to the BBMP, underground drain network of 2,300 km has been taken up by the board at a cost of Rs 1,192 crore with World Bank assistance and completed by March 2014. 

The board will also take up work to improve water supply and sanitation facilities in slum areas at a cost of Rs 55 crore. Feasibility of setting up an exclusive agency for effective waste management will be considered. 

The BWSSB has entered into partnership with Singapore Co-operation Enterprise to promote greater use of tertiary treated water. Action has been taken to commission treatment plants to supply tertiary treated water to industries in the Devanahalli area.

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