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The project is being implemented by the Tiruchi Corporation at a cost Rs. 63.70 crore

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has given permission to Tiruchi City Corporation (TCC) for laying pumping mains and distribution lines along the roads for the drinking water project to five added wards in Kattur and Tiruverumbur areas.

The project is being implemented at a cost Rs. 63.70 crore. Of this, KFW, the German Bank will provide loan to the tune of Rs. 25.48 (40 % of the project cost). It will offer an equal sum as grant. The remaining Rs. 12.74 crore (20 %) will be met through the own resources of the TCC.

The project is aimed at increasing the supply of existing 40 litres to 135 litres of drinking water per day per head to the residents of Tiruverumbur and its adjoining areas as per the norms stipulated by the Central Public Health and Environmental Engineering Organisation.

For early completion of works, the project has been divided into three packages such as head works, construction of reservoirs (overhead tanks) and laying pumping mains and distribution lines. Of them, laying mains and distribution lines and construction of overhead tanks have gained momentum with the permission granted by a few agencies.

Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that the pumping mains and distribution lines would have to pass through various roads from Kambarasampettai on Tiruchi-Karur road to Tiruverumbur on Tiruchi-Thanjavur road. The NHAI, the Public Works Department and the State Highways that owned and operate the roads have given permission for laying pipes.

As part of the project, he said pumping mains would be laid for 22 km. The total length of distribution lines would be 205 km. In addition to the existing overhead tanks at Tiruverumbur, Kalkandarkottai and Ellakudi, new overhead tanks would be constructed at eight places including Puzhal Nagar, Pari Nagar, Santhosh Nagar, Cauvery Nagar and Ganesh Nagar, Mr. Ravichandran said.

S. Amuthavalli, City Engineer (in-charge) said that the Corporation has been supplying 4.5 million litres a day (MLD) of water to the residents of 61,62,63,64 and 65 wards through the Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board (TWAD). It was expected that construction would be completed within December 2018. The Corporation would be in a position to distribute 12 MLD of water when the distribution of water commenced. The scheme was designed to cater to the drinking water needs of residents for the next 30 years. It would have the pumping capacity of 27 MLD.


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