Mission Bhagiratha trial runs to begin in 20 days

The State government is keen on supplying drinking water to all villages in the State from January.

By Author  |  Published: 11th Dec 2017  7:22 pmUpdated: 11th Dec 2017  7:25 pm
Mission Bhagiratha
File Photo: Mission Bhagiratha scheme

Hyderabad: Trial runs of drinking water supply under the State government’s prestigious project Mission Bhagiratha are set to begin in the next three weeks. The Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWS&S) department issued directions to the work agencies to complete the remaining 10 per cent work including installation of pumps and motors within the next 20 days to enable them start trial runs. Work agencies which fail to execute the works before the deadline will be blacklisted.

Officials concerned expedited the works immediately after Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announced on Saturday that water from Mission Bhagiratha will reach 98 per cent of the villages in the next 45 days. He also directed the officials concerned to complete the ongoing works at Kaleshwaram project and supply required water to Mission Bhagiratha from Kaleshwaram and its allied projects.

On Monday, RWS&S Engineer-in-Chief Surender Reddy convened a meeting on the status of the ongoing works with officials, work agencies’ representatives and suppliers of pumps and motors. He advised the work agencies to purchase all electro-mechanical equipment and complete related works including fixing of HT panels, capacitors and cables to enable the engineers install pump sets and motors at intake wells and treatment plants. “Any bills pertaining to electro-mechanical equipment submitted after December 30 will not be paid,” he declared.

Majority of works including pipeline laying, concrete and other works under Mission Bhagiratha, the State government’s flagship programme, have been completed as per the action plan chalked out a couple of months ago, while works pertaining to fixing pump sets and motors is nearing completion. With only 10 per cent of work remaining, officials are gearing up to conduct trial runs and identify glitches to address them. The State government is keen on supplying drinking water to all villages in the State from January.

The Engineer-in-Chief emphasised the need for fixing surge protection devices to reduce water force from upstream areas whereever Over-Head Balancing Reservoirs (OHBR) were constructed based on the State’s geographical condition. All the chief engineers and consultants have been directed to remain on the field until completion of works over the next three weeks. Work agencies have been asked to increase their manpower three-folds and complete the works within the stipulated time.