Project renamed ‘Yettinahole Integrated Drinking Water Scheme’

The civil works of the Yettinahole drinking water project is set to commence in a fortnight. The State government — equipped with a report from the National Institute of Hydrology, which envisions an yield of 23.76 tmcft of water from the Yethinahole rivulet in Sakleshpur taluk of Hassan district — is gearing up for the project. The project has now been renamed Yettinahole Integrated Drinking Water Scheme, said M.B. Patil, Minister for Water Resources on Monday.

Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Patil said a meeting of various user departments such as Urban Development, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj, BWSSB and KUWSSB had been held to involve them in the implementation of the project. “The detailed project report (DPR) is ready and the user departments have been asked to give their suggestions on it. This is a vital project that could solve the drinking water problems in Chickballapur, Kolar, Tumkur and Hassan districts.”

The project will be taken up with financial assistance from international funding agencies such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) apart from Central grants.

Work on the project has been divided into five packages and the process of tendering for two packages has already commenced. A meeting of all the contractors will be convened this week, the Minister said.

Following the implementation of the project, water supply to Bangalore and adjoining satellite towns will be augmented by 2.5 tmcft. Water that will be drawn from the Yethinahole project will be used to rejuvenate the dry Thippagondanahalli reservoir. Pumping of water from this reservoir stopped in 2011. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah will soon convene a meeting of elected representatives from Dakshina Kannada to dispel all doubts and objections to the project, he said.

Modernisation

The State government has earmarked Rs. 428 crore for taking up modernisation works of canals and distributory channels of the Tungabhadra. “We are now concerned about removing the 34 tmcft silt that has accumulated in the river,” he said.

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