The Telangana government announced a Telangana Water Grid project, on the lines of Gujarat Water Grid, at an estimated cost of Rs.25,000 crore to permanently solve the drinking water problem and the rampant fluorosis problems in the state.
The grid, which will use 160 TMC ft (thousand million cubic feet) water, will be completed in four years, said Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao in Karimnagar Tuesday night. CM KCR said the grid would use 80 TMC ft each from Godavari and Krishna rivers. All ongoing drinking water projects will be integrated into the proposed project.
The grid would be modeled on the lines of similar project undertaken in Gujarat, which is dubbed a larger than Indian Railways with it’s spread of 1,20,769 km. The state legislators and officials will visit Gujarat to study the project there.
KCR said he would lay foundation stone for the project at Nalgonda, a fluoride-affected region. The work will simultaneously begin in Karimnagar, Nalgonda and Khammam to cover all four regions of the state.
The chief minister announced that 10 percent of water from all existing and new irrigation projects will be allocated for the grid and another 10 percent for industry.
The Narendra Modi government has already suggested all the states to consider adopting the Gujarat model of statewide water supply grid to achieve potable water security in their regions.
In fact, The Union Ministry for Water and Sanitation has circulated a CD showing details of functioning of water supply grid which is used to transfer bulk water from Narmada and other rivers to water-scarce and water quality affected areas like – Saurashtra and Kutch areas in Gujarat.
Officials in the Gujarat Government say that State Wide Drinking Water Grid spread over 1,20,769 km supplies water to far-off places through an inter-basin bulk water transfer. It aims to serve 75 per cent of Gujarat’s population. It has made the State a water surplus from water scarce region just a few years ago, they claim.
The Gujarat Government, in a presentation at an international conference said that under the Grid, said large scale infrastructure has been created which includes 1,987 km of bulk pipelines and more than 1,15,058 km of distribution pipelines. 10,781 hydraulic structures like elevated storage reservoirs with a total capacity of 1,164 million litres and 10,683 storage sumps and high ground level reservoirs with a capacity of 2,504.80 million litres have also been constructed in the State.
Along with this 151 water filtration and treatment plants with a total capacity of 2,750 million litres per day (MLD) have been constructed to supply water in far off villages.
He said that about 2,250 MLD of treated water is being delivered to more than 10501 villages and 127 towns in the State, ensuring safe and assured water supply to about 75 per cent of State’s population in draught prone and water quality affected areas through the water supply grid.
He claimed that the revolutionary poject has became a lifeline for drinking water supply to the regions of Kutch and Saurashtra, as it remained the only source of drinking water supply in the region.
Incidentally, Kutch is one worst Fluorosis affected regions in the country, like Nalgonda and the water grid would provide a long term solution for solving the fluoride crisis.