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Phase II of underground sewer project to begin soon

Tenders for executing the second phase of the underground drainage system, to extend the sewer lines to uncovered areas in about 25 wards in the city, are expected to be called soon. The project, sanctioned at a cost of ₹344 crore, under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), would provide underground sewer lines to five wards fully and to omitted areas in 20 other wards in the city.

Commissioner-cum-Special Officer, Tiruchi Corporation, N. Ravichandran, said that tenders for the project would be called within the next 15 days. “We will shortly submit the detailed project report for the phase-III of the project, entailing an investment of about ₹450 crore, and expect it to be approved soon. Once the phase-II and phase III of the scheme is completed, nearly 90% of the city will have underground sewer lines,” Mr. Ravichandran told The Hindu after attending a stake holders meeting to discuss the environmental impact of the phase-II of the project which was held on Friday.

Providing an overview of the phase-II of the project at the meeting, S. Amudhavalli, City Engineer, said the Centre will contribute 50% of the project cost, the State government 30% and the remaining 20% will be borne by Tiruchi Corporation. Since the Corporation cannot raise the resource from its own funds, it had sought financial assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

The areas to be covered under the phase-II of the project have been carefully selected to prevent pollution of water bodies, including the Cauvery river and the Uyyakondan canal. The area towards Tiruverumbur had the maximum number of water bodies, she observed.

The project would cover wards 28, 29, 30, 61 and 62 fully and wards 7-9, 12-15, 21, 27, 31, 46, 52-54, 57-60 and 63-65 partially. Other parts of the city without underground sewer lines will be covered under phase-III.

Under phase-II sewer lines would be laid for a distance of 319 km and pumping mains for 22 km to provide 43,147 individual connections. Seven pumping stations and 23 lifting stations would be established. A new sewage treatment plant would be established at Keezha Kalkandarkottai with a capacity to treat about 27 million litres of sewage a day. The treated sewage could be used for agricultural purposes and there will be no adverse environmental impact due to the project, Ms. Amudhavalli said.

A section of residents, who participated in the meeting, called upon the Corporation authorities to ensure that all the five newly added wards (61 to 65) were fully provided with sewer lines and ensure that the project was completed within a specific time-frame. According to available indications, the second phase of the project is expected to be completed by 2021.

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/phase-ii-of-underground-sewer-project-to-begin-soon/article19980030.ece

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