The world’s biggest water pump, an enormous system that pumps water from the Ganges River to a city, is now on track to be ready for public use by 2022.
The company behind the project, zephyrs valve, said it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of Maharashtra to begin the construction of the water pump.
The water pump will be capable of pumping 200 million litres per second (ml/s) of water per day from the river to about 80 million people.
The company, which is currently under contract with Maharashtra Corporation of Water Supply, has been in talks with the state government for more than a year.
The deal will take place after the State Government approves the water pipeline project, the company said.
The Maharashtra Water Supply Authority has also cleared a proposal for the construction and installation of an electricity generation plant to power the water pumping.
Zephyr is also building a new water distribution system to handle water demand in the region.
The new system will be built on the basis of the existing 1,600-km water supply line from the riverside city of Kalaikunda in the north to the neighbouring village of Thangur in the south.
In the long run, the water system will provide water to about 3.5 million people in Maharashtra, and could be fully operational by 2021, Zephyr said.
The company said the project was a milestone for the region and the State.
“The next stage of development is on target.
Water pumps, in particular, are among the most complex and expensive in the world.
This will make it a world leader in the field of water infrastructure,” said Rajesh Bajpai, CEO, Zephy, in a statement.
“This project will help Maharashtra meet its water demand and supply needs in the coming decades,” he added.
According to the company, the total cost of the project is Rs 9,000 crore.