Mission Bhagiratha is an approach of Telangana Chief Minister Sri K. Chandershekhar Rao to provide safe and healthy drinking water to each and every household in the state. The main purpose of the project is to provide best & healthy drinking water to rural & urban areas through a pipeline even to the remotest area of the state of Telangana. The objective of the project is to provide 100 liters of clean drinking water per person in rural households and 150 liters per person in urban households. A drinking water project of this scale has never been attempted before in this country.
Even though two main rivers flow through the Telangana state but still people do not have access to safe drinking water, so the Telangana government, under the able leadership of CM Sri K Chandrashekar Rao, has designed the Telangana Water Grid Project. This is a massive project which will provide sustainable and permanent relief to the water woes of the state.
The successful implementation of “Siddipet Drinking Water Project” laid to the vision of this project. This scientifically designed project, uses the natural gradient wherever possible and pumps water where necessary and supply water through the pipelines to the people. The primary trunk pipelines of this project would run about 5000 Km, and the secondary pipelines are running a length of about 50000 KM would be used to fill service tanks inhabitations. At this point, the network of village-level pipelines would be used which is about 75,000 KM to provide clean drinking water to households.
The Telangana state government is using the state-of-art technology for this project. The government is intended to use the international level standard in the completion of this project. Advanced Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) which is a radar technology, is being used for the detailed survey of the water grid, hydraulic modeling software for testing the size of water pipelines, pumping capacity and height to which water would be pumped. The government has also taken the use of software tools like surge analysis and smart flow which would resolve the issues related to water distribution. Along with this there will be personally monitoring by CM K Chandrashekar Rao on the entire Water Grid project works from Secretariat through System Control and Data Access (SCDA) technology.
Despite best efforts by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, the flagship Mission Bhagiratha project has to clear many hurdles on its way but he still believes that all the works under this programme will be completed as per schedule with coordination among all the departments.
Highlights of Mission Bhagiratha
- Interlinking Krishna and Godavari rivers with reservoirs in the state to collect, conserve and supply much-needed water to the state
- Total water pipeline length: 1,30,000 km – covering 26 internal grids, 62 intermediate pumping stations, 16 intake wells, 110 water treatment plants and 37,573 Overhead Service Reservoirs
- Total cost: Rs 42,000 crore
- Year of completion: 2018
- Based on detailed topography analysis, water to be pumped using gravity and minimal electricity (182 MW)
- Piped drinking water supply to 67,000 urban households in Gajwel constituency at the rate of 150 litres per day per household, in areas under Municipal Corporations
- Piped drinking water supply to 25,000 rural households at the rate of 100 litres per day per household
- Project water allocated for industrial use: 10%
- Women in villages empowered to oversee allocation and distribution of water in villages and collection of taxes.
- Water is drawn from Godavari river: 19.62 thousand million cubic feet.
- Water is drawn from Krishna river: 19.65 thousand million cubic feet.
The total water requirement for the project Bhagiratha is 78.06 TMC.
The water is to be taken from the two mentioned below basins to meet the water requirement of the project.
• Krishna Basin – 29.86 TMC
• Godavari Basin – 48.20 TMC
There is also the plan of using water from Srisailam, Sriram Sagar Project, Komuram Bheem Project, Paleru Reservoir, Jurala Dam, and Nizam Sagar Project.
It is interesting to note that there is no maintenance cost for the entire water network for the 10 years as the Project contractor will be responsible for the Maintenance Cost as no cost has to be paid for Maintenance of the government.
The project consists of 26 segments in 30 districts which involve the water from the above-mentioned supply chains:
- Sourcing water from major rivers has made the project and easy go toward success.
- The purification of water is done in the water treatment plants nearby.
- The water purified is pumped at the highest point with the help of major OHSRs and Sumps.
- The water is transmitted from the highest point with the use of the secondary pipeline network to the users by gravity.
- The water will also be distributed to the household through the modern, rationalized intra village network or by using tap network.
Bhagiratha Mission Conclusion
The ministry of water and urban and rural development authorities are working towards the better progress in the developmental growth of establishing water connection in the region. The mission Bhagiratha is a huge project which is estimated the cost of 40000 crores with an estimated duration of the completion is around 5 years.
The entire program designing and ideology by the chief minister Mr. Chandrasekhar Rao. The strategy and development are performing by the minister Harish Rao and other departments. The ministers of Telangana state by visiting all the rural and urban localities where the water sources are available and the small lakes are damaged and repaired to clean up and bring the originality of the lakes. The incremental progress of the scheme is also very beneficiary to the local population and also reduces the water complications. Based on the necessity the water facilitating will bring up the proper proportionate need and facility.
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