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Sixty-five lakes in the parched districts of Bengaluru Rural and Chikkaballapura will be rejuvenated using treated water from Bengaluru city in the next 18 months. Chief minister Siddaramaiah will lay the foundation stone for the Rs.883.54-crore project in Devanahalli on Friday.

“Treated water from the Nagavara-Hebbal valley will start flowing into these tanks in 18 months.This water can be used for agriculture and cattle.This is the first time in the country that such a massive project has been taken up and it will also recharge the groundwater table,“ agriculture minister C Krishna Byregowda and law minister T B Jayachandra said on Thursday. Currently, the city generates 1,500 MLD of sewage water per day , of that 750 MLD is treated by the Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board. In 2015, the government proposed to send treated sewage water from Koramangala-Challaghatta valley and Nagavara-Hebbal valley to Kolar, Chikkaballapura and Bengaluru Rural districts. Tenders were finalized and pipe-laying work has commenced.

“In the first phase, 12 lakes in Bengaluru North, nine in Bengaluru Rural district and 44 in Chikkaballapura district will be filled with treated water. A total of 210 MLD of treated water will be flown into these lakes through the gravity-flow method,“ Byregowda said, adding that rejuvenation of 126 tanks in Kolar is under way.

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