MYSORE: Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa will officially launch the work on the Kabini drinking water project which is being implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

This was disclosed during the weekly meeting to review work on various projects under JNNURM here on Wednesday.

Though the earthwork has commenced at Bidarigud near Nanjangud, the Chief Minister will officially launch the project which is expected to expedite the work.

The project has been taken up under JNNURM at an estimated cost of Rs. 108.81 crore and is being implemented by the Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board. The Union Government will contribute Rs. 87.05 crore and the State's share is Rs. 10.88 crore. The rest will be contributed by the Mysore City Corporation (MCC).

Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan, who is also the Special Officer for JNNURM projects, told The Hindu that work was proceeding at a brisk pace and when completed, the project would help solve the drinking water problem of the city apart from catering to its future requirements.

He said though March 27 was one of the dates given for the Chief Minister's programme, it was not yet confirmed, but the official launch would definitely be held during the last week of March or first week of April.

Mysore City Corporation Commissioner K.S. Raykar said there were minor hiccups pertaining to land acquisition and compensation to farmers and they had been resolved. Hence, the project would pick up steam henceforth.

The meeting attended by officials from the MCC, Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and other departments took note of the onset of summer and the impending drinking water crisis that could affect the city.

But KUWS&DB officials said they were gearing up for round-the-clock drinking water supply in a few wards of the city on an experimental basis.

Representatives of non-governmental organisations, who attended the meeting, expressed concern and said that the frequent power shutdown may affect drinking water supply during the summer.

Requirement

It is reckoned that the city requires around 35 million gallon of water a day as against which the authorities were supplying around 32 MGD, but this quantity can be pumped, provided there was uninterrupted power supply.

Mayor Purushotham and Deputy Mayor Sharadamma were among those present.

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