The much-awaited initiative to treat most sewage water for reuse is all set to take off in Bengaluru. This water will be diverted to fill up 65 lakes in Bengaluru Urban, Bengaluru Rural and Chikkaballapur districts. The foundation stone for the Rs 883-crore project at Devanahalli has been laid and the project is scheduled to be completed in less than two years.
A report in Deccan Herald stated that nine lakes in the Devanahalli taluk of Bengaluru Rural district, 12 in Bengaluru North taluk of Bengaluru Urban district and 44 in Chikkaballapur district would be covered under this project, which involves carrying 210 million litres per day (MLD) of treated sewage water through pipes. The project is expected to improve the ground water
“This is a first-of-its-kind project in India,” Minor Irrigation Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters. “The project implementation period is 18 months, but if we manage to get clearances faster, it will be completed before that.” A similar project is under way in the Koramangala & Challaghatta valley to fill up the lakes of Kolar district, he added.
Authorities hope the project would also help rejuvenate four dead rivers that originate right in Bengaluru’s backyard – Uttara Pinakini, Dakshina Pinakini, Chitravati and Papagni. These rivers have been dead for nearly 20 years now.