The Rs. 100-crore worth projects will benefit five towns
The government has proposed to take up underground drainage and drinking water supply projects costing over Rs. 100 crore in five towns in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts.
The projects would be implemented through the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) with funding from both Union and State governments. The funds from the Union government would be drawn under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns. The Union government would bear 80 per cent of the project cost under this scheme. The balance 20 per cent amount would be equally shared by the State government and the local urban body concerned.
Kundapur and Moodbidri towns have been selected for UGD projects and Bantwal has been chosen for implementing water supply project with funds under the Central scheme. Both the UGD and drinking water supply projects would be implemented using the State government funds at temple towns of Kateel and Kollur.Centre-funded projects
L.N. Anand, Executive Engineer, KUWSDB, Mangalore Division, said the State-level sanction committee has approved a Rs. 48.14-crore underground drainage project for Kundapur town. The project was now awaiting formal approval from the Union government.
A Rs. 57.57-crore UGD project proposed for Moodbidri town, cleared by the same committee, was also awaiting the formal approval from the Union government. Of the 29 acres sought by the KUWSDB for implementing the project in Moodbidri, preliminary notification had been issued to acquire 23 acres.
He said the Union government has approved a Rs. 42-crore drinking water supply project for Bantwal town. The water would be drawn from the Nethravati.State funded projects
He said the Board had sent the Muzarai department a Rs. 7.1-crore UGD project and a Rs. 8.65-crore drinking water supply project for implementation in Kateel town. Water would be lifted from the Nandini.
In addition, it has sent the Muzarai department a Rs. 11.52-crore UGD project for Kollur town. The Board has suggested two options for taking a water supply project for Kollur – supplying water by building a vented dam across the Souparnika, which would cost Rs. 21 crore, and without a dam, to cost Rs. 9.2 crore.
Mr. Anand said the Board was now preparing estimates for supplying drinking water to Sullia and Saligrama towns, from Kavadi Hole and the Payaswini respectively.
He said the ongoing Rs. 17-crore UGD project and the Rs. 8.6-crore water supply project in Kukke Subrahmanya were slated for completion by the end of March 2015.
Keywords: Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns, Nandini, Mangalore underground drainage projects