Bengaluru: The state government will kickstart its ambitious Rs 883.54 crore project to rejuvenate lakes and tanks in Bengaluru city, Chikkaballapur and Bengaluru Rural district using treated sewage from Bengaluru with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah laying the foundation stone for it on Friday.
Three sewage treatment plants ( STPs) will be set up under the project in the Hebbala-Nagavara valley to fill 65 lakes and tanks and provide drinking water to cattle in these parts.
Speaking to reporters here on Thursday, Agriculture Minister, Krishna Byre Gowda and Law Minister, T B Jayachandra said this was the first time such a project had been taken up on this massive scale in the country.
The three STPs will be set up at Hebbal, Hennur and Horamavu, to treat 150 MLD, 40 MLD and 20 MLD respectively of sewage every day. In all, 210 MLD of sewage will be treated and let into lakes and tanks, including 12 in Bengaluru North taluk, nine in Devanahalli taluk and 44 in Chikkaballapura
The government, which has engaged Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited to carry out the project, expects to complete it within 18 months. “We hope it will help rejuvenate the ground water, which has fallen to 2000 feet in the three districts. It also offers a permanent solution to farmers as 2.7 tmc ft of water will be supplied to them through this project,which is likely to revive open wells too in the region,” the ministers added.