It will do away with all public taps by the end of October
The Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) intends to take up the third stage of Swarna River Drinking Water Project to cater to the increasing water demand in the city.
A vented dam will be built at Yarlapady, about 24 km from Udupi, at an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crore. This dam would have a storage capacity of 350 to 400 million gallons of water. The survey work for the dam is yet to be done.
CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak told The Hindu that the intention was to meet increasing demand for water in a growing city and to meet any shortfall during the summer.
The population of the city was about 1.25 lakh and there were 30,000 households, including apartments. The CMC had provided water connection to 19,350 households and 1,830 commercial connections to shops, hotels, and businesses establishments.
In 2004, the city had 236 public water taps, but now there were only nine public taps in Malpe region. The CMC would remove these public water taps by the end of October.
Mr. Nayak said the intention behind removing public taps was to stop water wastage and proliferation of diseases such as malaria due to water stagnation. “We want to provide pure and good quality water to all houses ,” he said.
Under the pro-poor policy of the CMC, free drinking water connection was given to houses of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to families with BPL cards and to those having houses on three cents of land provided by the Government. These houses only had to pay the monthly water bill.
“We are building an overhead tank in Manipal to supply water to areas such as Manjushri Nagar, Manchikumeri, Dashrath Nagar, Trishanku Nagar, and Duglipadavu,” Mr. Nayak said.
The CMC was providing water to the neighbouring villages of Ambalpady, Kadekar, Yembattu Badagabettu, Hirebettu, and Ontibettu.
At present, drinking water is supplied to the city from the first and second Stages of Swarna River at Baje and Shiroor , respectively. The first stage dam was built in 1971 at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh, while the second stage dam was built in 2004.
The second stage works included laying of 650 km of water pipelines, building of two 25 lakh litres Ground Level Storage Reservoirs (GLSRs) in Manipal and building of a water treatment plant. The cost of second stage was Rs. 60 crore.
The storage capacity of the Baje and Shiroor dams taken together is 520 million gallons of water. The capacity of water treatment plant of first stage is 9 million litres a day while that of the water treatment plant of the second stage is 27.4 million litres a day.
Keywords: Swarna drinking water scheme