Chandigarh, one of the greenest cities in India, is all set to have its prestigious 24x7 water supply project in Manimajra. The Chandigarh Smart City (CSCL) has floated Rs 160-crore tender by completing the paper works. The tender will be opened on June 22 and the authority has already held a pre-bid meeting with the contractors to answer their queries and for a detailed deliberation about the project.
Significantly, the CSCL has clubbed both the components, namely capital work and installation of water meter work, under the project to make it successful. According to the records, approximately 13,700 water connections in Manimajra will be covered under the project. Of the 13,700 connections, around 50 per cent have been facing the problem of non-revenue water (NRW) or water leakage. The project aims at decreasing the NRW or water leakage to 15 per cent in this particular area.
“Of Rs 160 crore, Rs 70 crore will be spent on capital work like laying down pipelines, construction of water reservoirs, hydraulic walls etc. The water meter installation cost will be around Rs 20 crore and Rs 70 crore will be spent on maintenance of the project for 15 years. The capital work and installation of water meters will be done by the Chandigarh Smart City Limited, while the municipal corporation (MC) will take care of the maintenance work of the project for 15 years,” said a senior officer of the Chandigarh administration.
According to the tender documents, after the allotment of the said works, the contractor will have to complete the entire work in one-and-a-half years. In this 24x7 water supply project, besides laying down the pipelines in the outer areas, the authority will also lay down pipelines inside the houses of residents, so that water contamination can be stopped.
“Earlier, the MC was laying down the pipelines only till the outer area of the houses. Residents were themselves getting the pipelines laid inside their houses and connecting the same with the MC’s line. This was increasing the chances of contamination. But in this new project, all the lines will be laid down by the authorities concerned only,” said sources.