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Press Release No. 232 29-09-2020

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 232  Dt: 28.09.2020


Devaragudihal lake, o­ne of the largest water body in Indian Railways with capacity of 1935 million Litres, was constructed in 1917 to meet water requirements of Railways in Hubballi. The sprawling lake, surrounded by hills from three sides and a 599 meter long bund, is spread over 382 acres of land with surface water area of 278 acres.  The lake is surrounded by a green belt of trees in 90 + Acres.  This lake is 12 Km away from Hubballi and 32 Km from Dharwad and used to supply water to the Railway Colonies and Pit lines at Hubballi.

Water from this  lake flows to the Ahobalpur pump house through internal ducts and pipe lines by gravity, where it is filtered and pumped to two over head tanks of 2.5 Lakh Litre capacity each, constructed over a hillock for o­nward supply to Railway colonies and pit lines. Southern Mahratta Railway had administrative Central offices in Dharwad because of shortage of water at Hubballi. However due to lack of level ground in Dharwad, Railway Workshop was set up in Hubballi. However as a solution to the water problem, Devaragudihal lake was constructed with bund.  Supply of water from this lake to Railway colonies and pit lines was regularly being done till 2010 for nearly a century but drying up of the lake had disrupted the supply and since then water supply system had fallen into disuse.  Pipelines were also stolen at few places and pumps had become inoperative.

Shri P K Mishra, Additional General Manager, South Western Railway visited the lake in Oct. 2019 and decided to revive the lake by restoring  the pumps which had ceased working due to no maintenance and attending  disrupted water supply. 

In order to rejuvenate the huge water body and restore supply from the lake, Railway officials led by Shri Arvind Malkhede, Divisional Railway manager, Hubballi, have done a comprehensive study of all Engineering and electric works.  Officials also took a survey of the catchment areas of the lake to restore the water flow to the lake. Officials also did a foot inspection to check the integrity of bunds and plug all vulnerable leakage points. Work for Rs.2.5 Cr. to restore the lake has been awarded.  Pump house, filtration plant, water pipelines along with valves are being attended and broken/stolen Pipes replaced. The work of reviving the lake and other water works are targeted to be completed by Dec 2020.

Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR today along with Shri Arivind Malkhed, DRM/UBL today inspected the Devragudihal lake and took stock of the progress of work.  Shri Singh said that due to the ample rains for last two years, the lake has been filled to the brim and it is felt essential that the existing century old water supply infrastructure is revived to supplement water supplies to colonies, station and pit lines. Further, it will not o­nly reduce water bills  but rejuvenation of o­ne of the largest water body of IR will also underline our commitment to protect environment and will be a huge step in Jal Shakti Mission launched this year by Hon’ble Prime Minister.

                                                                 Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                               South Western Railway, Hubballi


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