Round the clock water supply for Mandya city on the anvil

Project to be implemented at a cost of `151.75 crore

Round the clock water supply for Mandya city on the anvil

A new project has been approved for Mandya City Municipal Corporation (CMC), indicating a relief to the water woes of the city.

A total of Rs 151.75 crore has been sanctioned by the Central government for the implementation of a 24-hour drinking water supply project. The project has been sanctioned under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium cities, by the Ministry of Urban Development.

The Central government will bear 80 per cent of the expenses of the project, while 10 per cent each has to be borne by the State government and the CMC. Rs 60.70 crore will be released as the first instalment for the project, while the remaining amount will be released depending on the progress of the project. Tender process for the project is expected to start shortly.

The State government is expected to launch the project as soon as the model code of conduct is relaxed.

The Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewage Board (KUWSSB) will be the nodal agency for the implementation of the project.

Water supply

Though the CMC has enough facilities to receive 35 MLDs of water daily, only 21 MLDs of water is being supplied to consumers. The problem is compounded as flow into Visveswaraya Canal has been stopped, which used to facilitate the flow of six MLDs of water to the city.

In addition to this, leakages from canals supplying water to the city has worsened the problem.CMC Commissioner N M Shashikumar said, the CMC is ready to implement the project and is making preparations to provide 10 per cent of funds required for the project.

 With the implementation of the project, water woes of the city will come to end, he added.
KUWSSB Executive Engineer Subbegowda said, the project will be implemented considering the expected growth of the population of Mandya by 2040.

According to 2011 census, the population of Mandya is 1.4 lakh and is projected to increase to three lakh by 2040.

Currently, 21 MLDs of water is supplied to the city. With the implementation of the project, Mandya will receive 68 MLDs of water, he added.

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