Industries in Pithampur will have to wait a bit longer for water supply from Narmada-Kshipra link project, as the first round of bidding process for selection of project consultant has failed to bear fruit.
After a prolonged delay, the state government in February this year had finally initiated the process of building infrastructure for Narmada-Kshipra link project to supply water to Pithampur industrial area.
Water from this project will also be supplied to nearby investment region being developed under the DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor) project.
“The DPR (detailed project report) is ready. We had invited bids for selecting a consultant for the project, but no one qualified for the same. So we will again come out with fresh bids,” Audyogik Kendra Vikas Nigam (AKVN) Indore managing director Manish Singh said.
However, the industry is concerned over the delay in the project. With the onset of summer, the Pithampur industry is once again dependent on water tankers to meet its daily requirement as piped supply from government agency falls short of demand.
“The problem will become more acute in May as the water level in the reservoirs will come down,” Pithampur Audyogik Sangathan president Gautam Kothari said.
The Pithampur industrial area has a demand of 18-20 MLD (million litres a day) of water while the project will initially supply 30 MLD and will be scaled up to 60 MLD and then 90 MLD once the project becomes fully operational.
The second phase will involve improving works of existing water supply system at Pithampur.
In September 2013, the DMIC Trust cleared the Pithampur water supply project to lay pipeline from Narmada-Kshipra link. An earlier deadline of completing the first phase of the project by March 31, 2016, has now been pushed back by a couple of years.