Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization Project
Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization Project (KUWSMP)
The World Bank assisted “Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization Project” (KUWSMP)
To provide city-wide access to continuous piped water supply in the cities of (i) Hubballi-Dharwad (ii) Belagavi and (iii) Kalaburagi in the state of Karnataka and to strengthen service delivery arrangements at the city level.
Each project city will enter into a twelve-year contract with a private operator. The performance-based contract comprises a one-year period for planning (start-up period),a three-year investment period to transition to continuous supply and to build a well-run utility convert intermittent supply and an eight-year period of ongoing service delivery with continuous supply (sustaining period). The ULB operates the system during the start-up period and private operator takes over operations from the beginning of the transition period.
|SL No.||Components||INR(in Crores)|
|1||Capital Investment Program||1679.00|
|2||Technical Assistance for Sector Development||30.00|
Project Funding Arrangement
|Sl No.||Funding Agency||US $ Million||Rs. in crores||%|
KUIDFC, which manages a range of urban infrastructure development projects for the GoK, will manage project implementation on behalf of the project cities. It has established a PMU which will be responsible for the day-to-day project management, progress monitoring and reporting, procurement activities, and financial management.
KUIDFC has established PIU in each project city, which will oversee the day-to-day activities of the Project at the city level and will report to the PMU and to the ULB.
An Empowered Committee has been established to take decisions for implementing the projects
- Operator has been selected for design, implementation and management of 24x7 water supply to Hubballi-Dharwad twin cities. The project is in initial stage and the start up period activities viz Topographical survey ,customer survey and condition assessment of water supply assets are in progress. The Operator has submitted draft Service Improvement Plan and same is under review.
- To create awareness about the project for all the stakeholders in the city, Support Organizations (NGO) have been selected, one for Hubballi and another for Dharwad , initial activities have been completed . Project staff have established rapport with different level officers, elected representatives and other stakeholders , presently staff are visiting households for distribution of pamphlets, is under progress.
- Expert Reviewer and Technical Auditor have been appointed for expert review and Technical auditing of Project activities
- Tendering is in process for selection the Operator for 24x7 water supply for the cities of Belagavi and Kalaburagi.
|SL No||Name of Town||Project||Package No||Status||Contract Value||Financial Progress Cr||Financial Progress %||Physical Progress %|
|1||Hubbali-Dharwad||Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernization Project (KUWSMP)||KUWSMP/24X7 WS/HDW/194||Services for Cost effective and Sustainable Up-Scaling of Continuous (24X7) Pressurized Water Supply and Operation,Maintenance and Management of the water Supply system.||252||--||--||Topography survey 100% and Customer survey 70%|
It is proposed to implement reforms based on “Urban Drinking Water and Sanitation Policy” of Government of Karnataka.
Frequently Asked Questions
Private sector involvement is basically for the expertise the private agency brings into the system in terms of best practices adopted internationally & suited for our conditions. But overall control of the project & the assets will still lie with the corporation.
In recent years, large sums of money have been spent in urban areas of the state to develop Water Supply infrastructure, but this has failed to translate into improved Water Supply service provided to customers. Therefore, an innovation of asking the person executing the project to also maintain these assets for a certain period was attempted in the demonstration zones and was successful. As against carrying out of only the civil works, the contractor also has to maintain the system for particular period thereby ensuring better service to the public.
- There would be increase in the quantity of water available for distribution to the public.
- No time is wasted waiting for water. The time can be spent on other productive activities
- Also, due to improved water quality, there will be improvements in the health of citizens as the incidence of water borne and water related diseases will come down
- The customers need not store water and pump it to their storage tanks. Hence, there will not be any storage, pumping and maintenance costs, ultimately resulting in savings in storage construction and electricity charges for the customers