One More Cauvery Drinking Water Project For Greater Bangalore
By N R Madhusudhan | Published: 13th January 2014 08:23 AM |
The Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has started preparing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for implementing one more Cauvery drinking water project.
Under the project, the city would get an additional 500 MLD of water for supplying it to the 110 villages that were merged with the city to constitute greater Bangalore.
While refusing to divulge details, BWSSB Chairman M S Ravishankar said, “The State government has agreed to release 10 tmc feet of water from the Cauvery for the city. Therefore, we have started preparing the DPRs to make a project report and approach the concerned national and international agencies for loans to implement the project after obtaining approval from the State government. We have to get the additional water at the earliest if we have to supply Cauvery water to the 110 villages that were merged with the city.”
According to the sources, though the state government has agreed to release 10 tmc feet, the BWSSB is planning to draw only 6.44 tmc under the new project, which is likely to be implemented before the end of 2017. The BWSSB is likely to approach the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the World Bank for loans to implement the project, which is likely to be called ‘The Cauvery fifth stage drinking water project’. As in the other Cauvery drinking water projects, the water would be allowed to flow from Shiva Anicut to Torekadanahalli and pumped to the city from there. As the BWSSB has to lay new pipelines to all the 110 villages, the project cost is likely to exceed `4,000 crore.
At present, the Cauvery river is the only source of drinking water for the city, and the BWSSB draws around 1,400 MLD of water from all the five Cauvery projects. As the available water is barely sufficient to meet the demands of the core areas of the city and the newly added city municipal councils and town municipal council, the BWSSB is not supplying Cauvery water to the 110 villages that were added to the city.