Treating the City’s effluent and supplying treated water to 65 tanks in three districts is a first of its kind effort in the country to ease water shortage for farming and also to increase ground water resources, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.
He was speaking after laying foundation for the effluent treatment plant at the Hebbal and Nagawara Valley organised by the Minor Irrigation and Ground Water Development Department. He stated that the State government is the first in the country to use treated effluent to fill up tanks. The project is a part of the several initiatives undertaken by the government to resolve water woes of the farmers in the drylands, he said. The project is being implemented at a budget of Rs 970 crore. In the first phase 22 tanks and in the 2nd phase 44 tanks will be filled up in the Chikkaballapura district, he said, reports Kannada Prabha.
The Hebbal - Nagawara valley project has been taken up on priority and the treated water will be used to fill up Hebbala - Nagawara tanks at an estimated Rs 883.4 crore. The 210 MLD treated water will be filled in the Bagaluru tank. Later 21 tanks in the Bengaluru Rural limits will be filled and later 44 tanks in Chikkaballapura district will be filled with treated water.
At the same programme a few staged a protest that the CM was misleading public regarding permanent irrigation. They displayed black flag. In the melee a woman fell down and was injured. However, she was rushed to the hospital.