Monday, September 22, 2008

10 new reservoirs to solve water woes-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India

10 new reservoirs to solve water woes-Bangalore-Cities-The Times of India
Here is some good news for those who have been waiting for regular Cauvery water supply in the newly added areas of the BBMP. The BWSSB has identified sites for setting up as many as 10 new reservoirs in these areas, which means, water supply will no longer be limited only to borewells.

There are 64 Ground Level Reservoirs/Low Level Reservoirs (GLRs/LLRs) in the core areas of the city that help store Cauvery water lifted at T K Halli, Harohalli and Tataguni. But, no reservoirs have been set up in the newly added BBMP areas.

However, nearly 72 wards in these areas adjoining the core areas had been supplied with Cauvery water through extended pipelines. The lack of space for storage of water has resulted in ineffective supply to these areas and many houses at higher ground levels are perennially affected by this.

The sites for the 10 new GLRs were recently identified. Tenders for these projects have also been called for. Once finalized, these new GLRs are expected to be in place by 2012. According to BWSSB officials, this project will help in better utlization of the 500 MLD extra water that will be received through the Cauvery IV Stage II Phase, which is also expected to be completed by then.

A total of Rs 30 crore out of the 50 crore sanctioned by the BDA has been set aside for this project. With funds already released by the government during its 100-day celebrations, the project seems to have made a start and could go a long way to ensure a solution to the long pending water woes.

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