Jaladhare drinking water supply project is a big project, which will be implemented by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) department. The project aims to provide piped water supply to every village in the state.
Raising a loan for Jaladhare project :
The State Government of Karnataka is planning to raise a loan of US $400 million which comes to about Rs.2,800 crore from Beijing head quartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) to fund drinking water supply project Jaladhare.
Key numbers under the Jaladhare project :
Estimated cost of Jaladhare project : Rs.53,000 crore
Supply target – 85 litres per capita per day
Coverage : 4.02 crore rural population
Water Requirement : 78 tmcft
Live storage capacity in reservoirs/dams : 665 tmcft.
Aim of Jaladhare project :
The Jaladhare project aims to provide piped water supply to all rural households over a period of 7 years in the State of Karnataka. This project cover a population of 4 crore people.
Water for the project will be drawn from reservoirs, canals and perennial rivers.
Funding for the project :
The Central Government has cleared the loan proposal for water supply project and the Finance Ministry’s Department of Economic Affairs has recommended Jaladhare Project for AIIB Funding.
If the project gets approved, this will be the 2nd project from Karnataka to be funded by the Beijing headquartered Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).
The first project funded was to construct the Gottigere-Nagavara Metro line at a cost of $335.
With Jaladhare project, the Government is planning to redo water supply. The main focus will be from ground water to surface water.
According to Minister Krishna Byre Gowda, “from 1985, Karnataka invested heavily on ground water-based supply schemes. But due to recurring drought, ground water has failed and the investment has become redundant”.
Jaladhare in phases :
The first phase of Jaladhare covers Raichur, Vijayapura, Kolar and Mandya Districts.
- Raichur gets water from Narayanapura and Tungabadra reservoirs.
- Vijayapura gets pipes water from Almatti and Narayanapura reservoirs.
- Mandya gets water from KRS and
- The source of water for Kolar is from Yettinahole project.
The project Yettinahole plans to cover Kolar, Hassan, Tumakuru, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru rural districts.
The cost for these 4 districts will be amount to Rs.6000 crore.
Second phase of Jaladhare covers Belgavi, Kulbargi and Shivamogga.