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Conceptual approval to revised Narmada phase-III

THE MAYOR-IN-COUNCIL granted conceptual approval to phase-III of the revised Narmada project in the absence of key members including incharge members for Waterworks and Revenue.

india Updated: Feb 09, 2006 13:22 IST

THE MAYOR-IN-COUNCIL granted conceptual approval to phase-III of the revised Narmada project in the absence of key members including incharge members for Waterworks and Revenue.

The proposal will now be forwarded to the Project Monitoring Unit in Bhopal which will forward it to the Technical Clearance Committee for approval before inviting tenders.

Narmada-III aims at solving the City’s chronic water shortage by providing 360 million litres daily (MLD) water by 2009. In addition to the 180 MLD supplied presently, it is expected to be sufficient to cater to Indore’s water needs up to 2024.

The ten-member council gave the nod to the project prepared by the Project Implementation Unit (PIU) for Narmada-III, financed by the ADB under its Urban Water Supply and Environment Improvement Programme (USWEIP), at a marathon eight-hour long meeting headed by Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma at Musakhedi.

Municipal Commissioner P Narhari, PIU Project Manager Prabhash Sankhla as well as other senior IMC officials were also
present at the meeting which, began at 11 am and concluded at nearly 6 pm.

MiC members incharge of Waterworks, Munnalal Yadav, Revenue, Shankar Yadav and Planning and Rehabilitation, Chandu Shinde, however, boycotted the meet reportedly to protest no invitations being extended to IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani.

Under the revised proposal cleared by the mayoral council costs for the Narmada project have been pared down by Rs 30.37 crore from Rs 671.72 crore to Rs 641.25 crore. The budget for water supply component has, however, been hiked by Rs 34.64 crore from Rs 406.85 crore to Rs 441.49 crore.

The PIU report pegs costs incurred in drawing filtering and transporting costs from Narmada to City households at Rs 17.32 per 1000 litres.

The proposal calls for shifting the intake well to a nearby location as the existing site would become submerged after the completion of the ISP dam. The new intake well capacity would be upgraded to 900 MLD, 180 MLD for the existing system, 360m MLD for Narmada-III and a further 240 MLD for after the project’s design year ends in 2024.

Water from the intake well would be carried through raw pumping mains to the proposed 360 MLD treatment plant at Bhaykala village and then on through a series of pumping houses to the clearwater pumping main en route to the 660 m high break pressure tank. Narmada water from the tank would be carried through gravity mains via Men, Badgonda, Mhow, Rau and Bhanwarkuan Chouraha before reaching the proposed elevated tank.

The proposal calls for constructing a raw water pumping station at the left bank of Maheshwar reservoir, the 360 MLD filtration plant, setting up 132/66 KVA sub-station at the intake well and 132/33 KVA at the filtration plant as well as laying raw, clearwater, gravity and feeder mains.

Under Narmada-III 23 new overhead tanks each with a capacity of 3000 kilolitres would be constructed to ferry water to City households in addition to 31 existing OHTs.

Total cost has been pegged at Rs 421.94 crore in addition the Rs 19.58 crore for improvements in the existing waterworks distribution structure would bring the water supply component to Rs 441.49 crore.

Other options discussed
THE PROJECT Implementation Unit (PIU) probed three other options, Mahi Reservoir (Dhar), Indira Sagar reservoir (Khandwa), and Omkareshwar reservoir (Khargone), in addition to the existing intake site at Jalud village for drawing Narmada water.

Mahi was dropped as it contained insufficient reserves (only 100 million litres daily MLD) and, furthermore, Indore was not listed among reservoir beneficiary districts. Locating the intake well at Omkareshwar or Indira Sagar, on the other hand, would have raised project costs by Rs 204 and Rs 249 crore respectively because of increased distance from the Narmada control room. This led the PIU to propose continuation of Jalud, the present water drawing site.

Vaijayvargiya followers absent
THE ABSENCE of three prominent members belonging to the Kailash Vijayvargiya camp once again underscored the widening rift in the ten-member mayoral council. The gravity of the situation can be gauged by the fact that Waterworks incharge Munnalal Yadav chose to boycott the meeting.

Although Yadav said he could not attend owing to personal reasons IMC sources attributed the troika’s, Revenue incharge Shankar Yadav and Planning and Rehabilitation member, Chandu Shinde also abstained, decision to stay away to two factors; delayed delivery of meeting agendas and lack of invitations to IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani.

“For the last three months agendas are either not issued at all or only handed over at the last moment. This means that we cannot prepare for the meeting and, as a result, the Mayor and Commissioner push through all kinds of unpalatable proposals,” said a member speaking on condition of anonymity.

First Published: Feb 09, 2006 13:22 IST