Thursday, July 25, 2013

CAPpings - India - Mangalore - Water leakage of 25% triggered Rs 107.16 crore water supply project - Replacement of 30 year old Cast Iron Pipe with HDPE due to corrosion

Leakages plague water supply system in Mangalore


The water wastage due to leakages is estimated at 25%, according to the city corporation engineers, whereas the accepted standard is below 15%. This increased leakage is due to the new pipeline being linked to the old and outdated pipelines.

MANGALORE: The Rs 107.16 crore water supply project, conceived under KUDCEMP and executed by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation, has definitely increased water supply to the city, but at the same time it has increased water wastage due to leakage.
This project too has seen delays and cost overruns. It was a Rs 135 crore project which was scaled down to Rs 98 crore removing some components. When it finally got completed, the cost was Rs 107.16 crore.
Water leakage is one of the issues that put brakes on the Mangalore City Corporation's plans of providing uninterrupted water supply. The total estimated cost of the 24X7 project was pegged at Rs 138 crore two years back.
This increased leakage is due to the new KUDCEMP (Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Environment Management Project) pipeline being linked to the old and outdated pipelines, which are serving the city beyond their rated years. The water wastage due to leakages is estimated at 25%, according to the city corporation engineers, whereas the accepted standard is below 15%.
The water pipelines, mainly 18 inch cast iron in Mangalore city, were laid way back in 1958. The life was 30 years, which means that the pipes have been serving the city even after their estimated `life'. Whereas the new lines are of durable HDPE.
Publication Date: 17 Jul 2013

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