After a prolonged delay, the state government has finally initiated the process of building infrastructure for Narmada-Kshipra link project to supply water to Pithampur industrial area.
The Pithampur Jal Prabhandhan Company Ltd (PJPCL) has invited bids to select a consultant for review of the detailed project report (DPR) and other related works for the improvement of water supply system for the industrial area.
The water from this project will also be supplied to the investment region developed under the DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor) project.
The project will comprise developing the infrastructure for the water supply system for transmission and distribution of 90 MLD water in a phased manner.
"The consultant will see to it that the project is implemented in accordance with the plan within the stipulated time," a state industry department official told Hindustan Times.
PJPCL is a special purpose company incorporated to implement, promote and facilitate the development of water supply system for Pithampur industrial area and phase I of Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow investment region.
"The availability of continuous water supply is essential for the development of the investment region," the official 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. Pithampur, which is also home to a special economic zone (SEZ), has more than 400 medium and large-scale industries including some big names such as Cipla, Eicher Motors, Cummins Turbo and SRF Ltd.
"The infrastructure including distribution channels that will supply water to the industrial area and other nearby locations will take about two-and-a-half years to be in place," sources said.
The DMIC Development Corporation has already sanctioned the project.
The current water supply for the Pithampur Industrial Region is met from two sources —the Karam Dam and Sanjay Jalashay.
The maximum water supply available from both these sources will fall way short of the demand in the coming years due to lowering of water levels.