JICA reviews BWSSB project for 110 villages

JICA reviews BWSSB project for 110 villages

JICA reviews BWSSB project for 110 villages
The project to provide water supply and sewerage network to 110 villages that were added to BBMP limits in 2007 is being reviewed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

“JICA is reviewing the revised detailed project report (DPR), which includes details of water supply and sewerage work to be taken up in these erstwhile villages. The agency normally needs six months to thoroughly review the project report and then take a call whether to fund the project or not. We hope JICA does it this time,” a senior BWSSB official told Deccan Herald.

This is the second time BWSSB’s detailed project report related to the water supply and sewerage infrastructure is reaching this stage, even as these 110 villages were added to the BBMP almost a decade ago.

Report rejected
Earlier in 2010, JICA had rejected the report on the grounds that the DPR did not specify the water source for the project that was estimated to cost Rs 2,379 crore.
Later, BWSSB drafted a revised project report, which passed through a lengthy procedure from the state government to Central government’s various departments for BWSSB to seek external financial assistance from JICA.

Taking into consideration alternative water sources and the 2011 census, the project report was revised once again. The revised estimated cost is Rs 5,018 crore (Rs 3,061 crore for water supply and Rs 2,020 crore for sewerage system). With a projected population of 43 lakh in the year 2049, these 110 villages are spread in five zones of Dasarahalli, RR Nagar, Bommanahalli, Mahadevapura and Byatarayanapura. At present, the residents depend on borewell water.

Modifications made
The modifications made in the revised DPR includes provision towards distribution network, improvement and reduction of unaccounted for water (UFW) in North, East, South East zones of Bengaluru costing Rs 644.58 crore.

However, providing ‘Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition’ (SCADA) for water supply distribution network was excluded for the report. The project also includes construction of 16 sewage treatment plants (STP) of 129 million litres per day (MLD) capacity.

Meanwhile, a BWSSB official said the board has already taken up the infrastructure work related to water supply lines based on the needs of these erstwhile villages, using Greater Bangalore Water and Sanitation Project (GBWASP) charges.