Project Description: 


Villagers from Varcha Tembha approached the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust for funding assistance for increasing drinking water availability in their village. The Trust invited TDSC to be a technical consultant on the project in 2014. Varcha Tembha previously received water from an existing piped water scheme that has a lift-up point at the tail end of the Modak Sagar reservoir, which the BMC operates to supply water to Mumbai city. There were some design issues with the scheme that resulted in low-pressure points in the system, particularly in Varcha Tembha. Residents of Varcha Tembha expressed interest in receiving water from a new scheme that would have a pick-up point in the catchment area of reservoir - the BMC has approved this, and supply water only to Varcha Tembha and Khairpada, a tribal village close to the pick-up point, was planned through this project.

Principal Investigator: 
  • Prof. Milind Sohoni, CSE
  • Prof. Purushottam Kulkarni, CSE


  • Vikram Vijay
  • Abhishek Sinha
  • Janhavi Doshi


Project Photo: 
Project Deliverables : 
  • Demand forecasting
  • Elevation mapping of key locations
  • Hydraulic modelling for pipe and pump sizing
  • Water treatment planning
  • Cost estimation and optimization
  • Village meetings to establish operating model


Project Documents: 
  • Proposal document by TDSC (pdf)
  • TDSC report on feasibility, design and costing of a new PWS scheme for Varcha Tembha and Khairpada (pdf)
  • TDSL output report on feasibility of reviving existing PWS scheme (pdf)
Project Outputs: 


The new scheme was constructed and inaugurated in May 2017, based on the TDSC technical input.