Use additional funds of UGD for Supply Pipeline: Gulbarga North MLA Kaneez Fatima Writes to DC, Aims at improving efficiency of water supply network.

Gulbarga: Leakage problems have surfaced in the project of supplying water to Gulbarga city from Bennetora reservoir. So, it has been decided to check the leakages by using the additional funds earmarked for underground drainage project.

Gulbarga North MLA Kaneez Fatima had written a letter in this regard to the deputy commissioner. Based on the suggestion of the deputy commissioner, a resolution in this regard was passed at the general body meeting of the Mahanagar Palike.

The proposal for this has been sent to the Urban Development Authority for approval.

The project of water supply to Gulbarga city from Bennetora reservoir was implemented in 1978. Most of the areas of the city get water through this project. Under this project, Prestressed Concrete Pipes (PSC) of 600 mm diameter have been laid. The pipeline stretches to around 9.2 km. Now, this pipeline has developed leakage and as a result, water is getting wasted.

In the letter written to the deputy commissioner, Kaneez Fatima said that there was a need to improve the system of supplying drinking water to the growing city.

The 600 mm PSC pipeline must be replaced by mild  steel (MS) Pipes of 660 mm diameter which will run upto 9.2 km. Funds of Rs 12.89 crore was needed to take up the project.

She said that funds of Rs 156.8 crore had been sanctioned for Gulbarga city under the Amrut Scheme and Rs 12.36 crore additional funds had been provided for the underground drainage work. These additional funds could be utilized for upgrading the water supply pipeline.

Karnataka Water Supply & Sewage Board officers said that the funds meant for underground drainage work could be utilised for the water project but it needed the approval of the city corporation.

95% complete

“Requesting funds for strengthening the water supply system, Kaneez Fatima had met the urban development minister and the principal secretary and discussed the matter. It was then that the minister had suggested using the funds of the underground drainage work for the water supply work”, said Mahanagar Palike member Bheemaraddi Patil Kurkunda.

He said that presently, 95% of the 160 km long underground drainage (UGD) work has completed. The then minister Qamar-ul Islam had ensured sanction of funds of Rs 141 crore for that. “When I was the mayor, Rs 20 crore fund was provided by the city corporation. The State government had given Rs 40 crore funds and Hyderabad-Karnataka Area Development Board Rs 30 crore.

The remaining funds were generated as loan from banks. But with this, the Amrut scheme has also been implemented and so, there would be no problem if Rs 12.36 crore additional funds are used for the water work”, he opined.

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