Thursday, July 23, 2009

BWSSB takes the reservoir route

BWSSB takes the reservoir route
BWSSB takes the reservoir route

NR Madhusudhan
First Published : 14 Jul 2009 08:03:28 AM IST
Last Updated : 14 Jul 2009 08:57:51 AM IST

BANGALORE: Newly added areas of the city have been deprived of drinking water and most have been waiting for the Cauvery water. However, the Banglore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) seems to have heard their prayers and is planning to go the reservoir way. The BWSSB will construct nine new Ground Level Reservoirs (GLR) at the cost of Rs 46 crore to supply drinking water to the newly added areas of the city.

The new GLRs would be constructed at Hongasandra, B Narayanpura Bande, Coffee Board Layout, MEI Layout, Rajajinagara HBCS near Rajarajeshwari Nagara, Nandini Layout, Syndicate Bank HBCS in Yeshwanthpura Hobali, Nagarabhavi BDA Layout II Stage and at Chennasandra near Mahadevapura.

At present there are 40 GLRs in the different parts of the city and they are used to store and regulate the flow of water to the different parts of the city.

A BWSSB official, under the condition of anonymity said, “The construction of the nine new GLRs will start at the earliest and will be completed before the completion of Cauvery IV Stage II Phase in 2011- 12. At present the BWSSB is not in a position to supply Cauvery water to these regions.”

Present situation

BWSSB is supplying drinking water to some of these areas from its 3,000 borewells and has set up 20 Sodium Hypo-cloride units to purify the water from its borewells.

Some private water suppliers are also active in these areas. The BWSSB is also planning to replace 80 km-long corroded pipes in these areas.


The BWSSB will be allocating the funds from out of the Rs 100 crore sanctioned by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) for different projects to supply drinking water to the city.

The jetting machines that have been procured will be used to clean the under ground drains. BWSSB is also planning to set up ultrafiltration units to filter the water from different lakes. The water filtered in the Ultrafiltration units can be supplied for drinking purposes.

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