3rd Quarter 2011
Engineering Solutions for
India's Growing Demand
Providing Safe and Stable Water Supply and Sewerage in GoaGoa is India's smallest state by area (3,702 square kilometers) and fourth smallest by population (1,457,723). Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, the state is a popular destination for both international and domestic tourists. Given its rapid population growth and booming tourism industry, Goa's existing water and sewerage systems can no longer adequately serve the state's needs. In response, the government of India, with assistance from the government of Japan, initiated an assignment to provide safe and stable water supply and sewerage services to meet the rapidly increasing water demand through the expansion and rehabilitation of the state's existing water supply facilities as well as the construction of new facilities.
LBG, as part of a consultancy consortium with two Japanese firms and one Indian partner, is currently managing the $311 million assignment. The Team's duties include developing a project management plan, preparing tender documents, evaluating bids, reviewing designs and supervising construction to ensure all work is implemented on time and within budget. LBG's multidisciplinary team has also implemented an environmental action plan, provided geographic information system mapping services, and conducted a public relations and awareness program. An additional component of the assignment involves providing capacity building to the public works department, including introducing an accounting system, assisting with human resources and institutional reform and providing training to improve the department's operations and maintenance procedures.
Upgrading Guwahati's Water Supply Facilities
Guwahati is the largest city in the state of Assam. In 2007, its population was estimated to be approximately one million. In the next 30 years, that number is expected to triple in size. Due to the city's rapid population growth, its existing water supply facilities can no longer adequately accommodate the population's needs. Currently, only 30 percent of Guwahati's population, mostly in the south-central region, is being served, but only for between two to three hours per day. The rest of the population must rely on groundwater, a non-potable source.
LBG was selected by the Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority to manage the development of waterworks facilities to improve the availability and safety of potable water for the residents of Guwahati. The objective of the assignment involves providing continuous pressurized potable water to all citizens living within the south-central and northern regions of the city. To achieve this goal, LBG is responsible for planning, engineering and managing the construction of new waterworks facilities as well as evaluating and updating existing facilities, including intake facilities, water treatment plants, raw water transmission mains and pumps, clear water transmission mains and pumps, reservoirs, water distribution networks and water testing laboratories. The Team's duties include preparing detailed designs for the water supply facilities, conducting environmental monitoring, reviewing and finalizing cost estimates, preparing contract documents, managing project finances, and establishing procurement management and operation/maintenance systems. As part of the design process, LBG is conducting topographical surveys, geotechnical investigations, raw water quality analysis, hydrological studies and hydraulic modeling and geographic information system-based mapping. Finally, the Team will provide necessary in-country and overseas training during the project to all operation and maintenance staff.
Improving Critical Water and Sewerage Infrastructure in the Heart of India
Madhya Pradesh, often referred to as the Heart of India, is a state located in the central region of the country. The Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) of the government of Madhya Pradesh, with funding from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), initiated an assignment to improve critical water and sewerage infrastructure in the four major cities of the state: Bhopal, the state's capital; Gwalior; Jabalpur; and Indore. The objective of the project involved rehabilitating and expanding existing urban water supplies, wastewater collection and treatment systems, solid waste management and stormwater drainage.
LBG was selected by UADD to manage the ambitious $275 million assignment. The Team's duties included analyzing and approving conceptual and final designs as well as cost estimates, issuing tender documents, evaluating and selecting contractors, supervising the construction/rehabilitation and preparing regular progress reports for ADB and UADD. LBG's responsibilities also involved strengthening the existing municipal corporations, fostering community development and upgrading underdeveloped settlements under the Municipal Action Plan for Poverty Reduction.