Monday, March 28, 2011

[Hubli] Work on improving sewerage network to begin soon

Source: The Hindu

HUBLI: The long-pending demand for setting up sewage treatment plants and improvement of the underground drainage network in the twin cities will soon materialise as the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) has received Rs. 144-crore grant for taking up these works.
Corporation Commissioner K.V. Trilok Chandra told presspersons here on Thursday the funds had been sanctioned under the Asian Development Bank-assisted North Karnataka Urban Sector Investment Programme.
Allocation plan
He said Rs. 100 crore would be utilised for works in Hubli and Rs. 44 crore for works in Dharwad. The allocation plan has been approved in the general body meeting of the HDMC council.
The Commissioner said that Rs. 700 crore was required for comprehensive development of the sewerage system and setting up sewage treatment plants (STP) in the twin cities. The HDMC had chalked out plans to take up the works in a phased manner depending on the availability of funds.
And for the purpose, Hubli had been divided into three zones, Dharwad into six zones and Navangar would be considered as one zone, he said.
First phase
To begin with, work on setting up an STP at Gabbur near Hubli would be taken up at a cost of Rs. 29.4 crore.
The STP would have a capacity to treat 40 million litres of sewage per day, Mr. Trilok Chandra said. Sewerage network improvement work would be taken up in two packages at a cost of Rs. 48.26 crore and Rs. 35.88 crore respectively.
Under this, development of trunk mains, sub mains and interceptors would be taken up so that sewage could be diverted to the STP that would come up at Gabbur.
The Commissioner said that tenders had been finalised and work orders would be issued within a few days. While Eagle Construction Company of Kolhapur had bagged the contract for the two packages of the sewerage network improvement work, S.N. Enviro-Tech Private Ltd. in joint venture with SFC Environmental Technologies, New Delhi, had bagged the contract for the STP work.
Mr. Trilok Chandra said the companies would be given 18 months to complete the works.
To a query, he said the HDMC had decided to take up several works pertaining to underground drainage network improvement in Old Hubli area.
The works had been included in the action plan prepared for utilising the Rs. 100-crore special grant promised by the State Government for 2011-12, Mr. Trilok Chandra said.

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