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Nod to Rs 23 cr capacity-hike plan

THE FLOODGATES finally seem to have opened on the move to convert Yeshwant Sagar into a year-round water supply source by doubling the reservoir?s capacity.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2006 14:13 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent

THE FLOODGATES finally seem to have opened on the move to convert Yeshwant Sagar into a year-round water supply source by doubling the reservoir’s capacity.

Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) today gave Water and Power Consultancy Services (I) Limited (WAPCOS) - a Central Government undertaking, an ‘in principle’ go-ahead to supervise the Rs 23.75 crore Yeshwant Sagar capacity enhancement project.

WAPCOS, which has undertaken waterworks engineering tasks in 38 countries, will carry out on-site soil and strata surveys and prepare a construction design based on the results.

The design will then be forwarded to the JNNURM Technical Clearance Committee in Bhopal for approval. The survey work is expected to take about four to six months and, if all goes well, physical work will begin by November.

Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma extended the invitation while accompanying WAPCOS Deputy Chief Engineer A K Sinha to the Yeshwant Sagar reservoir this morning. Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma, MiC member in-charge of Waterworks Munnalal Yadav and City Engineer (Waterworks and Drainage) G P Pathak and MiC members Anil Bindal and Sapna Chauhan were also present on the occasion.

The Mayor also urged the firm to prepare a DPR for Pakshi Vihar-the proposed bird sanctuary at Sirpur Lake-a Rs 11.2 crore project that has already been cleared by the Lake Conservation Authority of India.

The Mayor revealed that Yeshwant Sagar provided 4.5 MGD (million gallons daily) of water in non-summer months and was the chief supply line for the western part of the City. It not only feeds Sadar Bazaar, BSF, MP Nagar and Subhash Nagar overhead tanks, but also forms supply to Rajwada, Bada Ganpati, Jinsi and other areas where water is distributed from 5.30 to 7.30 am.

Increasing supply from the reservoir would not only alleviate water shortage in western Indore but also prove much more economical to the IMC. Elaborating, she informed that the Corporation incurred a cost of Rs 15.50 per 1,000 litres in supplying Narmada water, but the cost of ferrying water from Yeshwant Sagar was a mere Rs 2.50.

Dr Sharma informed that two separate tenders would be invited for the project. The first amounting to Rs 443 lakh would be for design, drawing, fabrication and commissioning, and the second worth Rs 1,684 lakh would be for civil construction work. The remaining Rs 2.48 crore would be given over to contingency and other costs.

Pre-qualification tenders would be invited from contractors possessing the requisite technical and fiscal capabilities. The IMC administration has constituted an 11-member committee headed by the Mayor to scrutinise pre-qualified bids and exercise quality control.

The District Magistrate, MiC member in-charge of Waterworks, Municipal Commissioner, Superintending Engineer, Narmada Project Chief Engineer (PHE), two retired IMC City Engineers and Chief Engineer of Water Resources Department would be the other members. IMC City Engineer (Waterworks and Drainage) would be the ex-officio secretary of the committee.

First Published: Apr 28, 2006 14:13 IST