Bangalore: L&T Secures Orders For Rs.581 Cr

Larsen & Toubro said that it secured orders for Rs.581 crore from Powergen Infrastructure and Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board during the third quarter of the fiscal. The orders include an EPC order for the material handling business for Rs.392 crore and water business for Rs.189 crore.

The projects will be executed by the metallurgical, material handling and water operating company of L&T’s construction division

The company said that the contract from Powergen Infrastructure is for setting up of a coal handling plant at 5 X 660 MW Tiroda Thermal Power Plant of Adani Power in Maharashtra and is to be completed in 30 months. The project includes basic and detailed engineering, supply and erection of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems and structural steel works including testing and commissioning.

The contract from BWSSB includes fabrication and laying of mild steel pipeline. The scheme is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, envisages transmission of 500 million liters per day of clear water from river Cauvery to Bengaluru. The project is to be completed in 24 months.


Periyar Dam Water Level: Thursday, Dec 31, 2009

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Wednesday stood at 123.2 feet (full level 136 feet), with an inflow of 250 cusecs and a discharge of 1,200 cusecs.

The Vaigai dam had water at 56.92 feet (71 feet) with the reservoir having an inflow of 1,009 cusecs.

The discharge from the dam was 1,875 cusecs. The combined Periyar-Vaigai storage was 5,123 mcft.


Mettur Dam Water Level: Thursday, Dec 31, 2009

The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 92.69 feet on Wednesday against its full level of 120 feet. The inflow was 4,091 cusecs and the discharge, 8,000 cusecs.


Periyar Dam Water Level: Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Tuesday stood at 123.6 feet (full level 136 feet), with an inflow of 715 cusecs and discharge of 1200 cusecs.

Water stood at 56.89 feet in the Vaigai dam (71 feet), which had an inflow and discharge of 938 cusecs and 60 cusecs respectively.

The combined Periyar-Vaigai credit was 5197 mcft.


Mettur Dam Water Level: Wednesday, Dec 30, 2009

The water level in the Mettur dam stood at 93 feet on Tuesday against its full level of 120 feet. The inflow was 3,591 cusecs and the discharge, 7,996.


Bangalore: BWSSB- Digging hard for Drinking Water

ALL the sources of drinking water in and around Bangalore will not be able to quench the city’s thirst in the next 30 years. Estimates suggest that Bangalore will need at least 2,550 MLD of water by 2040. Even if all the sources of drinking water are exploited, only 1,500 MLD of water will be available for the city.

Looking down the barrel on the unavoidable fact, the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewage Board (BWSSB) amended the BWSSB act 1964 on August 27, 2009 to make way for rain water harvesting as a source of water for the city.

If the plans are implemented according to the amended laws, the harvested rain water is expected to meet the water requirements of the city for nearly six months in a year.

The BWSSB managed to supply Cauvery water to 16,000 households in the newly added areas of the city this year. More than 1,000 bore wells were dug to supply drinking water to these areas.

To bring in more water for the city, the department awarded most of the contracts for the implementation of Cauvery IV Stage II project and officials say the project will be completed in time — by 2012.

The water wastage has been causing a major dent in the department’s revenue. BWSSB has installed bulk flow meters to monitor the flow of water in different areas and to check the wastage of water. The geographic information system that is being currently developed is expected to help the department in checking the unaccounted for water. BWSSB has undertaken two major pilot projects to study the feasibility of implementing the system. The first of the two is expected to help the department trace the leakage in the city through satellite imagery.

The jetting machines inducted for clearing blockages in the sewage lines have proved effective.

BWSSB is also in the process of laying 2,300 kms of sewerage lines in the new areas of the city with World Bank aid. This project is expected to take shape in 2010.

Around 72 kms of major sewage lines were laid to ease the sewage flow from the city this year.

From Express Buzz

Mumbai: Municipal corporation plans to ban plastic bags

Mumbai: Adopting the post July 2005 deluge mantra of ‘Say No To Plastic Bags’, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), is in full swing against the use of plastic bags in the metropolis.

“We will take up major awareness campaign, strengthen our staff, appeal to schools and colleges not to use plastic bags, hold meetings with respective associations and zone wise officers to spread the message and workshops among others,” deputy municipal ommissioner (Special) Rajendra Bhosale told

Plastic bags that clogged drains and led to massive flooding on July 26, 2005, led the government to implement ban on polythene bags of below 50 micron thickness.

As per the rules, the minimum thickness of plastic carry bags must be 50 microns and their size must be not less than 8×12 inches, said Bhosale.

“We will take up this campaign during Marathon as well. We have prepared caps which will be given to school students with a message – ‘Say No To Plastic Bags’. We have cotton bags with same messages,” Bhosale said.

MCGM will soon kick off awareness campaign advocating the ban and urge Mumbaikars to pledge their support for it.

“Penalties will be collected and punishments will be given to offenders. Second time offenders will have to pay a fine of Rs10,000 and then for repeat offenders imprisonment of three months. A fine of Rs25,000 will also be imposed,” Bhosale said.

MCGM said that the environmental degradation and choking of drains was largely due to an inefficient waste disposal system.

Following the orders of Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray, newly elected Mayor Shraddha Jadav has asked the civic body to ensure a complete ban on plastic bags.

“We will take strict and stringent action against all those who do not comply with the norms. Earlier, post the deluge, a ban was imposed on plastic bags, which was not followed by all. But we ensure this time it is done,” Jadav said.

The proposal will soon be tabled before the group leaders meeting on January 2 in the MCGM.

“The ban that was imposed earlier had failed to curb the use of plastic bags effectively. Because of which today also the plastic bags continue to choke drainage and sewer lines,” Jadhav said.

“We have support of people as they are also aware about the hazards of using plastic bags. The hawkers, shopkeepers and other dealers need to understand about it,” Jadav said.

Mayor’s office, along with MCGM, has been promoting the use of paper and cloth bags as an environment-friendly alternative.

“The cost at which a plastic bag is purchased by a dealer is from Rs 3 to 4.50 to 5 and a cost of cloth bag is some where around Rs 5 to 7, which is more or less same,” Bhosale said.

According to the civic body, a complete ban on plastic bags already exists in Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Kerala. Last week, Pune became the first city in Maharashtra to prohibit the use of plastic bags.

From PTI