Work on water, sewage lines for 110 villages set to begin

Work on water, sewage lines for 110 villages set to begin

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Work on water, sewage lines for 110 villages set to begin

The Bengaluru Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will soon start setting up infrastructure for water supply and sewerage lines in 110 villages, which were added to the erstwhile Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BMP) in 2007. The BWSSB hopes to begin civil work in 10 months and needs at least three years to complete the project.  

The Board has submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Ministry of Urban Development, Central Public Health Engineering Organisation (CPHEEO) for technical clearance and for obtaining external financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). 

The state government, which issued administrative approval for the project, would provide Rs 376.37 crore (7.5 percent) and the BWSSB would provide Rs 376.37 (7.5 percent) by collecting beneficiary capital contribution. The remaining Rs 4,265.62 crore (85%) would be sought from JICA. With the Cauvery V Stage project yet to be approved, water availability for these villages will be ensured by reducing Unaccounted for Water (UFW). 

Hence, apart from setting up water supply lines (Rs 2,611.70 crore) and sewerage component (Rs 1,698.04 crore) in these 110 villages, a separate cost of Rs 644.58 crore is earmarked towards the improvement of water distribution network and reduction of unaccounted for water in North, East and South-West zones of Bengaluru City. 

BWSSB chairperson TM Vijaya Bhaskar told Deccan Herald that the Board would save about 100 MLD of water by taking up the Unaccounted for Water (UFW) project in these three divisions. In addition, BWSSB has already taken up work of replacing pipes and other works to reduce UFW in South, West and Central divisions of the City. In all, the Board would save 260 MLD of water, which would be supplied to these villages which need about 100 MLD of water. The rest will be supplied to the City,” he said.

The 110 villages  come under five zones. They are: Byatarayanpura, Mahadevapura, Bommanahalli, Rajarajeshwarinagar and Dasarahalli. In addition to water supply system and sewerage network, the Board has sought Rs 716.85 crore to restore roads in 110 villages which would be affected during the work. Besides, the cost of land acquisition is expected to be Rs 102 crore.