Second stage of Melapura water scheme approved

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: The Government has given its approval for the implementation of second stage of the Melapura Drinking Water Project and the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) and the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) will have to remit Rs. 12.6 crores to the Karnataka Urban Water Supply Board.

The project is expected to be completed in 15 months from the date of commencement and will help ease the drinking water scarcity that is plaguing the city. Both the MCC and the MUDA have been permitted to pay the amount in four equal instalments and the first instalment amounting to 25 per cent of the project cost will be remitted within a week.

This was disclosed during a meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner on Friday, in which elected representatives and officials of MUDA and MCC participated. The meeting was held to discuss means to mitigate the drinking water scarcity problem that plagues Mysore .

The meeting also decided to seek funds from the Union Government to take up the Kabini Drinking Water Project under the National Urban Renewal Mission.

The MCC has also taken steps to overhaul the existing drinking water distribution system and the survey work to study the existing distribution network and prepare a blueprint for new one is underway. Stoop Consultants of Bangalore is working on the project and will prepare the blueprint. Other issues discussed with a bearing on drinking water issue included replacing the existing pumps at Belagola and Hongalli. MCC Commissioner A.B. Ibrahim said that the pumps were old and Rs. 2.5 crores has been released to replace them. Tenders for the civic works to replace the existing pumps have been called and it may take six months to complete the work. The cost of replacing the old pumps is estimated to be Rs. 5.49 crores, of which the MCC grant Rs. 2.5 crores. The MUDA will convene a special meeting in due course and take a decision on meeting the balance of amount, Mr. Ibrahim said.

The Karnataka Urban Water Supply Board has been requested to conduct a survey to ascertain if water can be supplied from Krishnaraja Sagar to Mysore by means of gravity obviating the use of pumps. It was also decided to plug all illegal connections and leakages from the main supply line. A special squad will be constituted for the purpose, the commissioner said.