Friday, January 30, 2009

City to have ten water storage reservoirs

City to have ten water storage reservoirs
By S Lalitha,DH News Service,Bangalore:
To augment the drinking water supplied to the newly added BBMP areas under the Second Phase of Cauvery Water Supply IV Stage, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) has decided to construct nine storage-cum-balancing reservoirs at key locations in these areas. One reservoir will come up in the core BBMP area.

The total cost incurred will be Rs 46 crores.
According to BWSSB sources, this sum has been earmarked out of the Rs 100 crores the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) had provided it recently. BDA had given this sum out of the Rs 700 crores that the State government permitted it to raise out of its own resources, three months ago.
One Ground Level Reservoir (GLR) each will come up at Bommanahalli, K R Puram, Byatarayanpura, Mahadevapura and Hebbal (core area), while Rajarajeshwari Nagar will have two reservoirs and Dasarahalli will have three reservoirs (see box). Only one reservoir will be constructed on land belonging to the BWSSB, while the others will come up on BBMP land, sources added.
BWSSB had taken charge of water supply for the 250 wards of the newly added areas from BBMP in April last year. So far, it has been able to supply drinking water only for 72 of those wards.
The first round of tenders issued in connection with the GLRs has elicited no response, a source said. The conditions of the tender mandated the contractor to design and construct the reservoir. That clause has been altered now and a second round of tenders has been called for. BWSSB has decided to take care of the designing aspect while the contractor needs to carry out the construction work alone, he added.
Of the balance sum of the allotted Rs 100 crore, a sum of Rs 45 crore has been set aside for converting the water at Kelkere lake for potable uses and for procurement of 30 sucking-cum-jetting sewerage cleaning machines at a cost of Rs 9 crores.


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