The local irrigation and public health department is all set to submit a detailed project report (DPR) to the union urban development ministry, seeking funding for the proposed alternate drinking water scheme for the town.
Sources said the previous DPR on the proposed project was rejected by the department owing to deficiencies.
It is learnt that the irrigation and public health (IPH) department has completed the survey of the distribution system of potable water in the town, which was not included in the previous DPR.
In the previous DPR, the estimated cost of the scheme was pegged at Rs 57 crore, while in the new DPR it could be around Rs 75 crore.
In 2011, an alternate drinking water scheme for the town was proposed from the Jalal-Giri rivers near Dadahu, nearly 37 km from here, under which the ground water was proposed to be raised.
At present, the town is getting potable water from the Nehar Dewar gravity and the Kahiri lift drinking schemes, which is not enough to meet the demand.
On the basis of previous DPR, the then chief minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, had laid the foundation stone of the scheme on November 14, 2011, however, the work is yet to be started.
Sources said though the Himachal government was providing funds for the scheme, the approval of the DPR by the ministry of urban development was required, as the ministry was financing a major part of the project.
The distribution system of potable water in various areas of the town was not included in the previous DPR, therefore, the chance of the urban ministry funding the project was bleak, said sources, adding, even though the department had decided to submit the new DPR.
According to the norms, an urban area resident should be provided with a minimum of 133 litre potable water everyday, which is not possible in the present circumstances, as the town is getting only 42 lakh litre a day against the demand of 71 lakh litre.
According to the IPH department figures, the demand of water is likely to shoot up to one crore litre in the town by the time project is completed.
IPH department executive engineer KK Kapoor said the new DPR was likely to be submitted, as the previous DPR had several deficiencies. He said that the state government had provided a budget of around `4 crore in the current fiscal year for the scheme.