Everything about “Telangana water Grid Project”
Telangana Water Grid Project
A mammoth 1.26 lakh km stretch of pipelines would be laid to quench the thirst of Telangana towns and villages apart from providing water for the industrial needs. Government has sanctioned Rs 4,000 crore for the FY 2015-16 out of a total project cost of 35,000 crore. Panchayat Raj, Rural Development, Rural Water Supply department has prepared the design for the project.
Water is life! International community has declared clean drinking water as a human right long back. Yet, lack of drinking water is a common sight in our state and country.Even though two perennial rivers flow across the state, the tragedy is, most of Telangana state does not have access to clean drinking water.
To change this situation, the Telangana government, under the able leadership of CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao, has designed the Telangana Water Grid – a mammoth project intended to provide a sustainable and permanent solution to the drinking water woes.
The objective of Telangana Water Grid is to provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households. This project aims to provide water to about 25000 rural habitations and 67 urban habitations.
Chief Minister Sri K Chandrashekar Rao drew inspiration for the Telangana Water Grid, from the success of another project that he himself conceived and executed, while he was the MLA for Siddipet Assembly Constituency.
The Siddipet Drinking Water Project, which was the brainchild of Sri K Chandrashekar Rao took shape in 1996-97. The project, which costed Rs 60 Crores involved lifting water from Lower Manair Dam and supplying it to every household in about 180 villages in Siddipet constituency. The successful implementation of this project and the glitch-free operation from past two decades, is a testimony to the vision and foresight of our beloved CM.
The Water Grid Concept
The Telangana Water Grid would depend on water resources available in Krishna & Godavari – two perennial rivers flowing through the state. A total of 34 TMC of water from Godavari river and 21.5 TMC from Krishna river would be utilized for the water grid. Plans are ready to use water from Srisailam, Sriram Sagar Project, Komuram Bheem Project, Paleru Reservoir, Jurala Dam, Nizam Sagar Project. This scientifically designed project intends to use the natural gradient wherever possible and pump water where necessary and supply water through pipelines. The state-level grid will comprise of a total of 26 internal grids.
The main trunk pipelines of this project would run about 5000 KM, and the secondary pipelines running a length of about 50000 KM would be used to fill service tanks in habitations. From here the village-level pipeline network of about 75,000 KM would be used to provide clean drinking water to households.
A Smart Water Grid
The state government will be using latest technology for the proposed Water Grid project. Advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology would be utilized for a detailed survey of the Water Grid. Lightweight aircrafts will be engaged for aerial survey. IT and Panchayat Raj Minister KT Rama Rao informed the media that the Telangana state government will also use hydraulic modelling software for determining the size of water pipelines, pumping capacity and height to which water would be pumped. Along with this, software tools like surge analysis and smart flow would be used to resolve any problems that arise in distribution of water. CM K Chandrashekar Rao would be personally monitoring the entire Water Grid project works from Secretariat through System Control and Data Access (SCDA) technology.
The state government intends to adopt international standards in execution of this project. To improve coordination and optimize resources, the government would follow a turn-key model where the organizations executing the project would be responsible for its maintenance too.
(Source: Telangana State Portal)
Telangana Water Grid Status:
A total of seven companies have been identified as the lowest bidders — 1 (L1) for the first phase of Telangana Drinking Water scheme (Telangana Water Grid), financial bids for which were opened by the officials on Septemebr 10th,2015.
Megha Engineering, IHP, Kaveri Infra, GVPR Engineering, Pratibha Industries, Koya and Company, and NCC were the companies identified in the preliminary round as the lowest bidders respectively for the nine segments of works in Mahabubnagar, Nalgonda, Medak, Adilabad, and Warangal districts. The amounts quoted by these companies were 0.2 per cent to 1.2 per cent less than the contract value, a press statement informed.
Of them, Megha Engineering has been identified as the L1 bidder for three contracts worth Rs. 5478.66 crore in Mahabubnagar-Ranga Reddy, Gajwel and Paleru-Warangal segments. For Jurala-Gadwal segment, IHP was the lowest bidder, for Medchal, Kaveri Infra, for Nalgonda Tailpond, GVPR Engineering, for Sangareddy, Pratibha Industries, for Yellampalli-Manchiryal-Khanapur, Koya and company, and for Warangal Metro, NCC has been listed as the L1 bidder.
Simultaneously, the Rural Water Supply officials have also opened the technical bids for the second phase of the project. A total of 44 companies have vied for 10 segments of works pertaining to the Phase-II, valued at Rs.14098 crore, in Karimnagar, Medak, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Khammam and Adilabad.
After evaluating the technical competence of the companies, financial bids of only the qualifying bidders will be opened, the press statement informed. Companies from across the country filed the tenders on e-procurement website, it said.
The amounts quoted by these companies are 0.2 per cent to 1.2 per cent less than the contract value
(Source: The Hindu)