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Water Board remodels old project design

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Water Board officials have come up with a new design of the drinking water project intended to provide potable water for villages in the ORR limits in...

Hyderabad: Water Board officials have come up with a new design of the drinking water project intended to provide potable water for villages in the ORR limits in order to complete with the cost estimated earlier. The estimation of the project was found to have surpassed the limits set by the Water Board earlier during a recent survey. The project was inaugurated by the Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao in August this year.

As part of the project, construction of overhead tanks is to be taken up besides laying new pipeline across 183 different villages in seven municipalities. The earlier estimation was Rs 628 crore and the latest estimation after the survey is Rs 738.70 crore which is Rs 110.70 crore more than the previous one. The previous estimation was provided by the contractor for the stipulated villages. However, new estimation was prepared following the Chief Minister’s call to expand the project.

The Water Board took up the survey with the help of experts and engineering graduates and got the latest figure of Rs 738.70 crore. The Water Board officials have decided to bring down the number of overhead tanks to adjust with the old estimate. As per the previous proposal, it was decided to have 410 reservoirs of 39 million litre capacity but this number was brought down to 183 reservoirs of 74 million litres. Director, Operations, A Krishna said inlet main pipeline was increased to 323 km from 280 km in the past besides supply of pipeline being increased from 1,400 km to 1,750 km now. He said that a few villages already had old pipelines and they would be used if in good condition.

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