Engineering consultancy in the water resources, sanitation and environment sector
Till now all the design and engineering in irrigation was being done by state govt. departments. There had been no much recruitments in the govt. design department in the last two decades to meet the growing challenges of expanding water resources utilization and irrigation development and privatisation. It has been proved to be unviable and costly for engineering these services by govt. departments with scanty staff. Some of the future infrastructure project designs in the irrigation sector to be out sourced are as below :
Major irrigation: comprising river restoration, dams, reservoirs and major canals.
Medium irrigation: comprising lift irrigation and medium check dams and reservoirs.
Minor irrigation: comprising field channel designs and micro irrigation planning.
Water sector restructuring in irrigation and agriculture:
Presently all irrigation cross drainage is being managed by the government. The investment are being made by government with inherent mismanagement and misappropriation by bureaucrats/politicians /dept officials.
There is a drive as per national water policy 2002 to privatize the river valley irrigation system with the participation of water users association and private financial institutions for better management of water resources and optimization of effective utilization .
Consultancy services demand includes preparation of tenders for privatization involving schemes for implementation as per the water users demands. Willingness to pay studies and their long range marginal costing with commensurate increase in expected returns from the new schemes have become necessary . This involves preparing schemes for new dams, canals, cross drainage works and other requirements of the WUA with their block cost estimates. Detailed cost estimates and tender document preparation for .these activities involve hydraulic and other civil engineering design works to be undertaken.
Water supply and Sanitation in urban areas:
Water supply and sanitation demands in urban areas are growing geometrically. Increasing urbanization is making existing water supply and sanitation facilities inadequate. Augmentation of urban water supply and sanitation services demand new vistas in consultancy and engineering services for sourcing of raw water from new water sources, raw water conveyance, treatment, storage. service reservoirs and distribution. Sources of multi lateral funding have shifted their focus on to water and sanitation as per the new national water policy 2002.