PWD to float bids for pipelines


Public Works Department proposes to float tenders worth Rs 71 crore for new water distribution and consumer service lines for Panjim, this February, an official said Monday, in the wake of the water contamination reported in parts of the city over the last few days. 
The capital city’s antiquated water supply lines have been of grave concern, with serious cases of contamination reported, particularly in the last one decade.
Two years from now, Panjim can hope to have a new water distribution line and service connections with the PWD finally getting works underway for implementing the Rs 71 crore  project  through  the  Jawaharlal  Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
“We will be floating tenders  for this mega work  next month,” Executive  Engineer  Division III Dilip Dhavalikar told Herald.
The project proposed by PWD has been approved under JNNURM for replacing the entire pipeline network  within the Corporation of the City of Panjim (CCP’s)  jurisdiction.
Officials say both PWD’s distribution  line  and  consumer service lines are in urgent need of replacement as earlier attempts to  rope in  public participation  met with poor  response. “Only a few people came forward to  change their  consumer lines,” said Dhavalikar  adding that  PWD  mooted  its proposal for a  total revamp  of the lines last year.
The project has been approved and will involve both the State government  and  CCP. Under the  funding pattern, 10 per cent of the cost will be  borne  by the  State government,  10  per cent by the city corporation and the balance  by  JNNURM.
Dhavalikar said that  it would  take at least two  years to complete  the  work. There would be no change  in the  diameter  of  the one inch or three-fourth inch consumer lines nor in the  400 to 500 mm distribution lines, the official informed. 
Meanwhile, Additional District Magistrate (North)  P K Kankar has ordered the closure of the road from the Raj Bhavan entrance to the NIO from today to January 21, Ocean Heights to Ocean Park from January 22 to January 28; Kamat Kinara to Dominos, Caranzalem from today to March 31 and from Dominos, Caranzalem to Aivao village from today to January 28 for laying sewerage lines.  [H]