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Press Release No. 33504-01-2021

दक्षिण पश्चिम रेलवे/ SOUTH WESTERN RAILWAY

प्रेस विज्ञप्ति/ Press Release No. 335  Dt: 02.01.20201     


Devaragudihal lake, o­ne of the largest water body in Indian Railways with capacity of 1935 million Litres, was constructed in 1907 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. The water supply system from this lake was defunct for last 7-8 years and has now been restored by South Western Railway. It will now 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. 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 due to drying up of the lake water supply system from the lake was disrupted.  Pipelines were also stolen /broken at few places and pumps had become inoperative.

Shri A. K. Singh, General Manager, South Western Railway, directed Railway officials to restore this water supply system to supplement water to station and colonies.  Under the initiative of Shri P K Mishra, Additional General Manager, South Western Railway chalked out an action plan to revive the lake by restoring the pumps which had ceased working, to attend the underground pipe line (almost 15 Km long) and also repair the tanks in hill top.

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 repaired and restored all Engineering and electric works and restored the lake at a cost of Rs.2.5 Cr.

On the occasion of New Year Shri Ajay Kumar Singh, GM/SWR inaugurated the restoration project of Water Supply System from Devaragudihal lake to Hubballi for the use of Railways.  The renovated Lake Area of Devaragudihal lake with landscaping was inaugurated by Shri P K Mishra, AGM/SWR and Ms Roopa Srinivasan, Principal Financial Advisor/SWR. Smt Sujatha Singh, President,South Western Railway Women’s Welfare Organisation, Inaugurated Jal Dhara Vatika. The major inputs given are:

At lake: Cleaning of intake well, stone pitching, lake cabin room renovation, mass tree plantations and a selfie point

At Pump House: Full structural and aesthetic renovation of Pump House including repairs to filtration equipment, cleaning and roof sheeting of tanks and improvement of surrounding areas.

At Hill Top:  Repairs of both reservoirs at hill top by cleaning of tanks, reneval of old valves, replacement of tank roof sheet, pipe line connection and improvement to surrounding areas

Pipe Line Network: Renewed the damaged/lost pipelines for a length of 700 mtrs over a span of around 16 Km from the lake to the city including diversion of pipeline over the critical location of Desai Cross bridge in Hubballi.

The Ahobalapur Pump House where the water supply system from Devaragudihal Lake to Hubballi was pumped after a gap of almost 10 years was inaugurated by Shri P K Mishra, AGM, Ms. Roopa Srinivasan, PFA, Shri Arvind Malkhede, DRM/UBL and Shri R K Sharma, Chief Electrical General Engineer. Three pumps have been have been installed to pump water from Devaragudihal Lake. o­ne Pump is of 100 HP/75 KW discharging 45 Liters Per Second and Two Pumps of 80HP/60 KW each discharging 45 Liters Per Second.

To ensure clean filtered water to the Colonies, Ahobalapur Filtration Plant was inaugurated by Shri Vipul Kumar, Principal Chief Engineer/SWR.

The work of restoring the water supply from Devaragudihal Lake to Hubballi was taken up by Hubballi Division of Shri P Mahender, (Sr.DEN/Co-ord), Shri Vamshi K Budarapu & Shri W P Ashtikar (Sr.DEE/G), Shri Pawan Gadewad (Sr.DSTE), Shri J V Ramana Rao (Sr.DEN/HQ), Shri Ishan Shrivastava (DEN/HQ) and Shri H T Prakash (ADEN/HQ) & Shri Sanjay Kumar (SSE/W/WW).  Devaragudihal Lake has also been given a facelift by renovating the lake and landscaping.

With the restoration of the Lake and water supply to Hubballi approximately 10 to 12 lakh liters of water will be supplied to the Railway Colonies and Workshops.  SWR will be able to save about Rs.9 Lakhs per month in water bills.  This restoration works will increase the frequency of water supply to Colonies and to the Pitlines.

To ensure safety and to monitor the water supply from the Water Plant, 4 MP IP based CCTV cameras have been installed at 10 vital locations.  Two nos Solar panels have been installed and for backup power supply 2 UPS with backup power supply of 6 hours have been installed. 

Shri Singh said that due to the ample rains for last two years, the lake has been filled to the brim and now 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 and underline our commitment to protect environment and a huge step in Jal Shakti Mission launched by Hon’ble Prime Minister.        

                                                                   Chief Public Relations Officer                                                                    South Western Railway, Hubballi

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