Work on the underground drainage network in the city, which was initially targeted for completion by September 21, is likely to finish by year-end.

Addressing presspersons here on Friday after attending a review meeting convened by Deputy Commissioner Sameer Shukla, Bharatiya Janata Party State president Pralhad Joshi said weekly review meetings would be held to ensure that work was completed by December 2013.

Mr. Joshi said the implementation of the project had already been delayed and work was not moving at the required pace. Even though the contractor and the officials had been warned, there wasn’t any impact and hence a meeting was held, he said.

Mr. Joshi said the meeting had decided to conduct review meetings every Tuesday. “Representatives of the company, officials concerned and the third-party consultants will participate in the meeting and review the progress. The HDMC Commissioner will report the progress to the Deputy Commissioner and me,” he said.

Mr. Joshi said the government had set a deadline of January 2014 to complete the work.

While the laying of underground pipelines for a 4-km stretch was expected to finish by August-end, the remaining work would be completed by November or December-end, he said.


Mr. Joshi said the officials had been instructed to impose penalty on the contractor for not adhering to the safety guidelines and for the delay.

The Deputy Commissioner said in the first package of laying pipelines on a 35.53-km stretch at a cost of Rs. 36 crore, the HDMC had excluded works on 8 km as it had already taken up the work. Of the remaining 27 km, work on 19 km had been completed, he said.

In the second package of laying pipelines worth Rs. 48.26 crore on a 58.9-km stretch, the HDMC had excluded work on 10 km. Of the 48-km stretch, pipeline had been laid on 32 km, he said.

Mr. Shukla said the officials had been told to ensure speedy execution of work. “If they fail to finish the work, I will write to the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, the nodal agency for execution of the project,” he said.

  • Weekly review meetings will be held to ensure work completion by December 2013: Joshi

  • Officials have been told to ensure speedy execution of work: Sameer Shukla