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Combined water scheme goes on stream

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The Hindu      19.02.2015   

Combined water scheme goes on stream

Water is now supplied to 56 habitats on trial basis under the combined water scheme implemented at a cost of Rs. 61.11 crore for providing drinking water to 306 habitats in Alathur, Perambalur, Veppanthattai panchayat unions, and Arumbavur and Poolambadi town panchayats in Perambalur district.

A borewell has been sunk in the Kollidam river near Sengaraiyur and water is being pumped through pipelines to a length of 539.45 km.

Water is stored in 40 sumps and supplied through overhead tanks to 306 habitats and two town panchayats in the scheme.

Darez Ahamed, Collector, inspected the seven lakh litre sump at Keel Naranamangalam, 60,000 litres capacity sump at Karai, 1.50 lakh overhead tank at Nattarmangalam, four lakh litres capacity sump at Alampadi, 60,000 litres sump at Veppanthattai, three lakh litres capacity sump at Alambalur Mahatma Gandhi Nagar.

He inspected the four lakh litres sump for combined water scheme to supply water to 116 villages at Chettikulam. He asked Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board officials to expedite the combined water scheme works.

He said that in the scheme to supply water to 306 habitats in Alathur, Perambalur, and Veppanthattai panchayat unions and Armbavur and Poolampadi panchayats, work on all the 18 overhead tanks have been completed. Main pumping station and 40 sumps of the scheme have been completed. Water has been brought beyond the sump at Veepanthattai through Thappai, Naranamangalam and Alampadi sumps from Sengaraiyur main pumping station.

N. Chandrasekar, Superintending engineer, TWAD, and G. Anbalagan, Executive Engineer, accompanied the Collector.

A borewell sunk in Kollidam feeds the pipeline network running to 539 km

A seven lakh litre sump at Keel Naranamangalam is getting ready


Special drive to provide new water connections

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The Hindu          07.01.2015  

Special drive to provide new water connections

Special camps will be organised for collecting applications from residents

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation will take up a special drive to provide new water connections under the drinking water supply augmentation scheme which was commissioned last year.

Special camps would be conducted to collect applications from residents seeking new water connections till February-end under the initiative. The move was approved by the Corporation Council at its meeting held recently.

This is the second phase of the drive taken up by the Corporation and the first phase was conducted between September and November last year.

About 2,700 applications were received from the four zones in the city during the first phase of the special drive and the Corporation has so far provided 1,356 connections to the applicants. The remaining connections would be provided soon.

The Corporation had planned to provide about 25,000 new domestic drinking water connections initially under the Rs.221.42 crore drinking water augmentation scheme executed with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) which was commissioned in February last year. About one lakh new house connections could be provided under the new scheme, which has its source at the Coleroon River. The scheme was mainly intended to ensure equitable distribution of water supply across all parts of the city.

Thirty-seven new overhead tanks have been built under the new scheme to ensure equitable distribution to all parts of the city. Pumping mains for a distance of 79 km and distribution mains for 355 km have been laid under the scheme.

The civic body had last year relaxed the rules and decided to collect the deposit of Rs.6,000 payable by applicants in instalments, in an attempt to ease the financial burden on city residents seeking new water connections. Under the scheme, residents submitting their applications at the camps would be required to make an initial payment of Rs.2,000 towards the deposit amount and pay the remaining Rs.4,000 in instalments every half-year.

About one lakh new connections can be provided under the new scheme


New water connection on demand remains a pipe dream

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The Hindu         05.01.2015 

New water connection on demand remains a pipe dream

10 to 20 p.c. of water augmentation scheme work still pending

Water gushing out from a pipeline below the overhead tank at Panjapur in Tiruchi on Sunday.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
Water gushing out from a pipeline below the overhead tank at Panjapur in Tiruchi on Sunday.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

Though the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has claimed that it is ready to provide new water connections on demand, many residents complain that the civic body is yet to complete about 10 to 20 per cent of the Rs.178-crore drinking water augmentation scheme work.

It was stated that the Corporation had the capacity to extend 1 lakh new connections in addition to the existing 92,703 connections.

Although the civic body has started providing new connections to residents in fits and starts, field visits to a few areas including Panjapur reveal that last part of laying the distribution line and fine-tuning works are still pending.

The functioning of the overhead water tank at Panjapur is a case in point.

The 2-lakh litre capacity tank at Panjapur was constructed about two years ago. The tank was built to cater to the needs of around 1,000 households in West and East Panjapur, “eighty-eight” Panjapur, Vinayagar Nagar, and other neighbouring areas in the 39{+t}{+h}ward of the Corporation. Though the tank is filled with fresh water almost on a daily basis from the main line of the augmentation scheme, the tank invariably overflows as no new connection has been extended from the tank. Result? Thousands of litres of water get wasted every day.

“A few works have been pending for so long. I have taken it up to the notice of the authorities on several occasions. I have also raised the issue in council meetings. However, the works are moving at a slow pace,” says N. Kathiravan (MDMK), councillor of ward 39.

Most of the residents of Panjapur area are still depending on wells and street pipes for their water supply. Many of these residents are willing to get new connections, he says.

H.Ghouse Baigh, secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Golden Rock branch, said that it was painful to see huge amount of drinking water going waste. The Corporation should either step up completion of last stage of work or take steps to avoid wastage of water. There was a need for reviewing the efficiency of water augmentation scheme. Shortcomings should be addressed immediately. Claiming that there was an “inordinate delay” in processing the applications for water connections, he urged authorities to ensure transparency in issuing connections.


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