Work on laying Cauvery water pipes to 110 villages to begin soon

Work on laying Cauvery water pipes to 110 villages to begin soon

The BWSSB is all set to begin work to supply Cauvery water to the 110 villages on the outskirts of the city as the government has given administrative approval for laying the infrastructure to supply water.

The work of laying distribution pipelines may begin in summer.The Board, which kept deferring the supply of water to these villages for want of water, is likely to draw water from Cauvery IV stage II phase project and from the water saved under the UFW (unaccounted for water) project. BWSSB sources said it can draw up to 50 MLD (million litres of water per day) from the IV stage II phase project and supply it to the 110 villages. He said through the UFW project, under which leakages are fixed and water connections are regularised, the Board has managed to save close to 76 MLD.

BWSSB engineer-in-chief Kemparamaiah said water is normally drawn as per requirement. “The Board can draw up to 1,400 MLD from Cauvery water supply projects. As of now, we are drawing just about 1,350 MLD as it is winter now. There is always a provision to draw water to full capacity when demand increases,” he said. Water supply to these 110 villages will be scaled up in a phased manner, he said.

The government has given administrative approval to the twice-revised detailed project report at an estimated cost of Rs 5,018.36 crore for providing water supply and sewerage system to five zones – Mahadevapura, Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura, Bommanahalli and Rajarajeshwarinagar, covering 225 sq km in 110 villages. BWSSB will take up only the ‘water supply component’ of the project at a cost of Rs 1,886 crore, wherein only distribution pipelines will be laid. The government will bear two-third cost and the remaining will be borne by the Board.

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