G.V.R. Subba Rao

It will supply water to more than three lakh people in the city

Officials hopeful of completing works in a year

Bids for construction of filtration plant to be finalised

VIJAYAWADA: Finally, work on the water treatment plant at Gunadala is all set to take off shortly. The plant, of a capacity of 11 Million Gallons per Day (MGD), will draw water from Ryve’s canal and treat it for supply to more than three lakh people in the city.

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has invited tenders for the treatment plant, pumping main, clear water reservoir and other related works recently. While some tenders are in the final leg, the Corporation awarded work orders for raw water pumping main near Padavalarevu.

The corporation officials are hopeful of completing the work on the filtration plant in a year, while the target is to complete it in 18 months.

The officials received bids for the construction of filtration plant, which costs around Rs. 8.77 crores, and are in the process of finalising them.

A raw water pumping main will be constructed at an estimated cost of Rs. 3.54 crores, while a clear water reservoir of a capacity of 2,000 Kilo Litres (KL) will be constructed at Gangiredduladibba. The clear water reservoir will cost Rs. 91 lakhs, officials say.

In view of the closure of canals during summer, the Corporation wants to construct another pumping main near Prakasam Barrage at a cost of Rs. 22 crores.

The Corporation officials have made the proposals for another pumping main as the canals are closed for not less than 45 days during summer for pre-monsoon inspections and maintenance. To tide over this problem, the 1,000-mm diameter pumping main from the barrage to Padavalarevu is being constructed, explain the officials.

The Corporation could not take up the project till date, though Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy even laid the foundation stone during the first quarter of this year, as both the VMC and the Irrigation Department are at loggerheads over supply of the water.

Adverse impact

Irrigation officials were apprehensive of the likely adverse impact of the plant on the availability of water for irrigation purposes to the tail-end areas of the canal. VMC officials, however, argued that they would draw from the canal only about 20 cusecs of water a day, as against the canal’s carriage capacity of 2,000 cusecs a day.

Thus, it would not hinder the supply of water to the tail-end areas, as the Corporation would draw only one per cent of the total flow, they contended.

Sources in the Corporation said the Irrigation officials had finally agreed to the treatment plant after they were assured that water would be drawn from the canal at Gunadala when canals were opened and from the upstream of Prakasam barrage when canals were closed.