The Madhya Pradesh government is moving ahead with Narmada water supply project for the industrial town of Pithampur with the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation giving in-principle nod for the scheme, an official said on Saturday.
The project to be build at a cost of `306 crore, will come up in the proposed Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and will have a capacity of 90 MLD (million litres a day) of water.
Once completed, the project will supply 30 MLD to the industrial hub in the first phase. The supply will be increased as the industrial hub expands.
Senior DMIC officials, who were in Indore recently, had viewed the presentation of the proposed project to bring piped water to the industrial hub from a distance of 20 km.
The state government has selected Noida-based consultant M/s Stupa to review the detailed project report.
An official in the state industries department, who did not want to be named as he was not permitted to speak to the media, said once the consultant’s report is ready, the government will float tenders to award the contract.
“The consultant’s report in expected in four months while the tenders should be out by May and the work should begin by August or September 2016,” he said.
The project will come under the ambit of Pithampur Jal Prabhandhan Company Ltd, a special purpose vehicle, and the consultant will review the detailed project report to conduct the bidding process and other related works to improve the water supply system in the industrial hub.
The consultant will ensure that the project is implemented in accordance with the plan and within the stipulated time, the official said.
The industrial hub faces acute water shortage every summer as the levels in the reservoirs go down.
However, last summer, the problem was more acute and industrial units were dependent on water tankers.