BENGALURU: In a bid to mitigate Bengaluru’s drinking water woes, the government on Thursday directed the water resources department to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) on the plan to pipe water from the Sharavati river water to the city. G Parameshwara, deputy chief minister, chaired a meeting on the project and instructed officials to prepare a DPR. “The government will take a final call on going ahead with the project once the DPR is ready,” Parameshwara told reporters.As per the plan, water from Linganamakki reservoir — across Sharavati river in Shivamogga district, about 300km from Bengaluru — will be pumped to Yagachi dam in Hassan district. From there it will be piped to Bengaluru. Parameshwara claimed a 10-member committee headed by former BWSSB chairman BN Thyagaraja had, in 2014, recommended that 30tmcft could be drawn from the Linganamakki reservoir. “Based on the report, a feasibility study was conducted. We are planning to draw 10tmcft of water in the first phase,” Parameshwara said. He said the project cost is an estimated Rs 12,000 crore. Asked about the apprehensions of the people of Shivamogga district over the project, Parameshwara insisted locals would not face a problem as Sharavati water is not being used for irrigation. “Water from Linganamakki reservoir is being used only for power generation, after which it flows into the sea. We want to utilise this water to quench the thirst of Bengalureans,” Parameshwara said. Currently, Bengaluru gets 1,400mld of water from the Cauvery and work is on to draw another 800mld for Cauvery 5th stage project. The government has also made provision to draw 2.5tmcft from the on-going Yettinahole project. “But the city is growing at a rapid pace and we need more water to meet requirements,” Parameshwara said.