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Upgradation of drainage, sewerage systems in Kolkata may cost Rs 20,000 cr

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Source : The Business Line Date : 30.05.2009

Upgradation of drainage, sewerage systems in Kolkata may cost Rs 20,000 cr

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Kolkata, May 29

The work on improving the drainage and sewerage systems in Kolkata may cost around Rs 20,000 crore, though in phases, according to Mr Alapan Bandopadhyay, Commissioner, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).

Loan awaited

Addressing an interactive session, organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce

here on Friday, Mr Bandopadhyay said, “We have already mobilised Rs 2,500 crore and an additional Rs 2,500 crore of loan is awaited from the Asian Development Bank.”

Aila effect

The loan, to be used for funding the Kolkata Improvement Project, was expected shortly, he observed.

The city’s drainage system was virtually crippled and parts of the city were waterlogged for long after the cyclone Aila had hit the state on Monday.

Difficulties

“While it is difficult to formulate a mechanism to protect from such a disaster, we certainly need to upgrade our disaster management apparatus,” he said adding that the electricity and water supply had already been restored in most areas.

Nearly 1,500 trees in the city were uprooted , he added.

Last year, KMC earned Rs 1,000 crore by way of lease rental from land for commercial use, Mr Bandopadhyay said.

He added that it had a fixed deposit of Rs 1,200 crore in banks as on date.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 13:19
 

Kolkata civic body floats tender for water meters

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Source : The Business Line Date : 07.01.2009

Kolkata civic body floats tender for water meters

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Kolkata, Jan. 6 The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has floated a global tender for 15,000 water meters to be installed in residential and commercial complexes in a pilot project this year. The ultimate goal of installing water meters in all households across the city will follow, Mr Bikash Ranjan Bhattachryya, KMC Mayor, said here.

The project is awaiting selection of suppliers and subsequent delivery of the meters, he added. Currently, there are around 2.36 lakh domestic units and 7,000 commercial users of the meters under KMC. The installation of meters was believed to be absolutely crucial to bring down wastage of water.

Against the city’s requirement of 270 million gallons of water a day, KMC produces 258 million gallons from surface water and 25 million gallon from ground water, the mayor said.

KMC has already taken up a Rs 300-crore project to repair the 23-km underground Tala-Palta pipeline. “Tenders have been invited and the project will be done using trench-less technology,” he said.

The Union Urban Development ministry has sanctioned the project under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and 35 per cent of the funds will come from the Centre.

Besides, KMC had also drawn up plans to promote rainwater harvesting and check wastage by using ball-cork valves in underground reservoirs. KMC spends around Rs 137.88 crore annually on operation and maintenance of the water supply system in the city.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 13:12
 

Naandi, Winrock, Coke join hands for drinking water initiative

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Source : The Business Line Date : 07.02.2009

Naandi, Winrock, Coke join hands for drinking water initiative


“The project aims to provide reliable access to water for domestic and productive activities in rural communities.”


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Hyderabad, Feb. 6 Naandi Foundation, Winrock International and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Foundation, will collaborate to launch an 18 month multiple-use water services demonstration initiative in Andhra Pradesh.

“The project aims to provide reliable access to water for domestic and productive activities in rural communities impacting 1,050 households (more than 5,000 people) and improve health, nutrition, food security and social empowerment of the targeted households,” a release issued here stated.

The pilot project also aims to increase annual income of the target group by at least 20 per cent per year and develop a model for wide scale replication across the country.

The release also said the Coca-Cola Foundation has approved a grant of $250,000 for initial support of the initiative.

‘Market-based approach’

Mr Amit Jain, COO and head of the Drinking Water and Sanitation vertical – Naandi Foundation, said, “This initiative builds on Winrock International and Naandi Foundation’s expertise using innovative market-based approaches to achieve sustainable and equitable improvements in health, income and food security for poor smallholders.”

He added that Naandi Foundation has already undertaken projects using market-based approaches to providing access to safe drinking water to poor rural smallholders, linking organic coffee growing tribal small farmers to global markets and using natural resource management techniques and revitalising defunct irrigation schemes in partnership with local communities, private donors and Government.

According to Dr Mary Renwick, Director, Water Innovation Program, Winrock International, “Winrock brings a new model of water service delivery known as Multiple-Use Services (MUS). The MUS approach builds on and adds value to investments in community domestic water systems or irrigation systems and has potential to simultaneously improve smallholder health and incomes.”

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 11:20
 


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