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Second stage of Melapura water project inaugurated

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GRANDIOSE: A view of the purification plant of the Melapura water project, which was inaugurated on Sunday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM
GRANDIOSE: A view of the purification plant of the Melapura water project, which was inaugurated on Sunday. PHOTO: M.A. SRIRAM

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It is expected to help mitigate water scarcity in Mysore

  • Project has cost MCC and MUDA Rs. 12.6 crore
  • Distribution network to be overhauled at cost of Rs. 192 crore

    MYSORE: After several hiccups and postponements, the 2nd stage of the Melapura Water Works was inaugurated by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Sunday. The project is expected to help mitigate the drinking water scarcity that plagues the city.

    However, citizens will have to wait for another one-and-a-half months before water begins to flow from the new facility and the public really benefits from it, as some work is still pending, including the installation of valves.

    The prestigious project has cost Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) Rs. 12.6 crore and will help pump an additional 50 MLD of water to the city to address the water needs of people of North Mysore. The first stage was taken up with funding by Asian Development Bank, and each stage of the project has an installed capacity to pump 50 MLD of water.

    Though the first stage was commissioned in 2002 and it was planned to commission the second and the third stages in 2011 and 2026 respectively, the influx in population and the growth of Mysore have forced the authorities to take steps to augment the water supply to meet the increase in demand. The project was given administrative approval on December 3, 2005. MUDA gave Rs. 6.6 crore and MCC Rs. 6 crore.

    The piped water supply to the city was launched in 1896 with the commissioning of the 1st stage of the Belagola project in 1896. The second and third stages of the Hongalli project were commissioned in 1969 and 1979. The combined installed capacity of these projects, including the Melapura 1st stage, was 193 MLD, which will now be augmented further.

    The Melapura project envisages the installation of a 1000-HP deep well pumpset powered by a 1,500-KVA transformer, a water-filter plant at Ramanahalli, and a centrifugal pumpset, and the construction of a 55 lakh litre storage tank near German Press in Siddarthanagar from where water will be distributed through pipelines using gravity flow, thus obviating the need for electricity.

    The Chief Minister said that the Government would soon overhaul the distribution network in Mysore at a cost of Rs. 192 crore in order to make the drinking water scarcity plaguing the city a thing of the past. Water would also be provided to villages enroute, for which pipelines had been laid.

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