Delay in Drain Work: 15 Months
By Chetana Divya Vasudev | Published: 29th January 2014 07:38 AM |
Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board’s (BWSSB) is on a spree laying and replacing underground drains, but the work is likely to be delayed by about 15 months.
Having undertaken work as part of Environmental Action Plan (EAP) - B, it comprises of laying underground drainage systems where required and repair ones that have been damaged. The deadline set for completion of the second part of EAP is March 2014, while officials within BWSSB have said that work is likely to continue till the middle of next year.
EAP aims to rid Bangalore ‘valleys’ and lakes of sewage water and rejuvenate them with treated water.
According to a BWSSB official, the plan is to be executed in 16 packages, only four of which have been completed. “Work for eight packages is underway, and for four others, work is yet to begin,” he said.
However, the official said that of the four valleys in Bangalore - Hebbal, Challaghatta and Koramangala (upstream) will receive treated water by this summer, which should help fill up some lakes and raise the groundwater table. “Until all the packages of a particular zone are completed, we cannot use the drainage systems to convey sewage water,” he further said, explaining why the Vrishabhavathi valley might not be benefitted this summer as three of the packages for which work is yet to be completed involves rehabilitation of the drainage system around Mysore Road.
On the last part of the plan, the official said, “We are still looking for funding. After the tenders are passed, part C will probably take two years till completion. But once that’s done, Bangalore lakes will be free of the sewage menace.”
However, as roads are being dug up, the delay in the schedule might inconvenience road users or even pose safety issues - recently, a theatre actor who was riding a bike died falling into an exposed drain.
Shankar Rangacharya, a software engineer, complains that the piles of mud on the roads that result from the ongoing work hampers pedestrian and traffic movement. “A couple of by-lanes off Horamavu Main Road have been dug up. Also, because work is on, a bad patch on the main road is not being repaired and this slows down traffic,” he adds.
There are motorists who are not too bothered by news of the delay though.
“Almost every other road in Bangalore has been dug up for some development work or the other, so I’ve gotten used to driving around these roads,” Prashanth Ivarlu, a communication executive, said.