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Water scheme for new wards may be delayed

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The drinking water project for the five added wards of Tiruchi Corporation is likely to be delayed.

As per the plan, the civic body has proposed to construct a pump house at the north end of the Cauvery near Melur to tap water for the targeted beneficiaries of Rs. 63.70 crore drinking water scheme. However, it requires the permission of a high level committee headed by the Secretary of Public Works Department to start construction of a collector well on the water course of the Cauvery.

According to sources, the Committee had met a few days ago in Chennai to discuss the proposal of the Tiruchi Corporation, seeking permission to start construction of a pump house. Though the details of discussion are yet to be known, it is said that the Committee is likely to take a favourable decision. Corporation Commissioner-cum-Special Officer N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that a team of officials had been closely following the subject. The approval, which was mandatory, was expected within 15 days. On receipt of approval, the construction activities of the third package of the drinking water project would begin.

He said that the pump house would have three motors. Of them one motor would be kept on standby. A footbridge would also be constructed across the river from the pump house up to Kambarasampettai for laying a main to bring water so as to connect to the mains for Kattur and Tiruverumbur areas.

However, officials are of the view it will be completed only in 2020.

An official said that no work could be carried out when water flow was maintained in the river. Though the opening of Mettur dam was likely to be delayed similar to last year, it would be possible only to take up preliminary works before opening the dam for irrigation. Major works would be carried out between February and June 2019.


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