Kundamestri project may get delayed further

KUWSSB will have to cancel the previous proposal and invite fresh tenders

 
The foundation stone for the Kundamestri project, which is aimed at supplying drinking water to Madikeri town, was laid in January. The estimated cost of the project was Rs 7 crore. However, now the Central government has sanctioned Rs 23.64 crore for the project under the National Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns . Hence, the KWSSB will have to cancel the previous proposal and invite fresh tenders for the work.

A revised technical report on the Kundamestri project has already been submitted to the executive engineer of KWSSB and the tenders will be invited after the technical approval. However, it will take at least 2-3 months to complete the tender process.

While a dam will be constructed near Onachalu under the project, about 30-35 acres of nearby land will be submerged. However about 30 acres of the land belong to the government. Hence, the government need to acquire only about 5 acres of land for the project.

The land acquisition process will be started soon after the survey works which conducted by the tahsildar. Meanwhile, the Board has not finalised the height of the dam so far. It will be decided only after the survey and acquisition of land.

The project is aimed to store upto 700 million litres of water.  Accordingly, citizens will be provided 135 litres of water per day once the project work was completed. However, people will have to wait at least two years for the completion of the project. The construction work itself will continue for about 18 months. Hence, people of Madikeri town will have to depend on Municipality tankers for drinking water.

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