The 24 x 7 water project for Belagavi which is a Rs. 663-crore World Bank-assisted Karnataka Urban Water Sector Improvement Project has been approved and bids are being evaluated.
The duration of project-implementation is 12 years, i.e., four years for implementation and the remaining time for operation and maintenance. This was disclosed during a meeting World Bank officials — Rajesh Subramanian, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, and Sona Thakur, External Affairs (India) — had with Mayor Kiran Sayanak, Belagavi City Corporation Council members and senior officials here on Monday.
Now, the 24 x 7 drinking water supply is under implementation in 10 demo zones in as many wards of the corporation.
The project would be implemented in two phases. Of the Rs. 663 crore cost, Rs. 427 crore has been earmarked for the first phase till 2026 and Rs. 236 crore for the second phase till 2041. World Bank’s financial assistance towards the entire project would be Rs. 427 crore (72 per cent) and the balance amount would be contributed by the corporation.
The project had been evolved considering the demand for the next three decades and availability of water. As against the projected population’s water needs of 184 million litre a day, the availability was 115 million litre a day.