Tenders have been floated for the Phase V and Phase VI of Kajauli water pipeline project from the Bhakra mainline in Kajauli to Sector 39 waterworks in Chandigarh.
“The foundation stone would be laid after September 15. It took two months only to complete the tender documentation and finally all the three tenders have been floated. By the next summer, water would reach the city,” said Mayor Arun Sood.
The municipal corporation was facing trouble in acquiring land in Mohali for the project. After Sood met Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal and requested him to ask GMADA to expedite work, the same was done within two months.
“The Congress kept sitting on this project for months despite releasing Rs 98 crore to the Punjab government. Now with the same government and alliance in Punjab, we got the work of earmarking land expedited,” added Sood.
Punjab and Haryana have already given their consent to the additional 40MGD water to be drawn through Phase V and Phase VI. According to the sharing agreement of 1983, Chandigarh will get 29MGD water supply, while the rest will be distributed among Mohali (5MGD), Panchkula (3MGD) and Chandimandir cantonment (3MGD).
The UT administration had already released Rs 98 crore to the Punjab government for execution of Phase V and Phase VI of water pipeline project from Bhakra mainline in Kajauli.
Being the largest beneficiary of the additional water supply, Chandigarh will bear the maximum cost of this project, for which the MC’s engineering department has roughly estimated a total budget of Rs 200-225 crore.