BWSSB is going for a complete overhaul of its pipelines to check water leakage; 60,000 of the 1.05 lakh water meters in Bangalore South will be replaced; 145 km length of pipelines will be replaced for this pilot project. The target is to bring down the leakage from the current 36% to 16%. Work will begin in three months. The total project cost is Rs174 crore and would be awarded to the lowest bidders, who are L&T, SE-SPL, JUSCO, Veolia Water, Manila Water and GVPR Engineers. The contractor will be given three years to implement and three years to operate and maintain the work. The chairman assured of no additional charges being passed on to the consumers.
Once the project proves to be successful, it will be extended to all six zones of the city. Also, as a separate programme for non-revenue water, four NGOs have been roped in to provide individual sanitary connections to 120 slums in the city so that the water going to these localities can be accounted for too. The NGOs that will work with BWSSB are Mythri Sarva Seva, New entity for Social action, India Community Service Society and Mahatma Gandhi Trust.
For the full report in the DNA, click here
From a reading of the report, the impression one gets is that there's an overall appreciation that the way forward is the one shown by the Mysore city, in the form of its deal with JUSCO (check this), and that is now sought to be replicted in other cities too - namma Bengaluru, to begin with. This certainly a welcome development. And, the move to work with NGOs for the connections in slums seems the right thing to do too. Hopefully, they have been selected on the basis of their crdibility.
Perhaps, we in PRAJA could track these works closely, like we have been doing with Namma Metro.