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Rs.68-cr water scheme planned

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The Hindu             11.07.2013

Rs.68-cr water scheme planned

Special Correspondent

To benefit over 100 villages around Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project site

: The district administration has drawn an extensive plan on an outlay of Rs.68.08 crore for supplying drinking water from the Tamiraparani to over 100 habitats around Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site as there is no reliable drinking water source in the coastal area. The proposal will replace a plan to set up two desalination plants.

Under the KKNPP Neighbourhood Development Programme, designed by the State Government on an outlay of Rs.500 crore, it was initially decided to set up two mega desalination plants at Uvari and Panjal to supply drinking water to all coastal hamlets in Radhapuram taluk. However, the annual maintenance cost of Rs.9 crore for operating the desalination plants became a deterrent to the execution of the project.

As an alternative, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board was asked to draft a new scheme, under which the Tamiraparani will be used as the source.

As per the new plan, infiltration wells will be sunk at Vallanaadu and Muththaalankurichi on the banks of the Tamiraparani in Tuticorin district from where the water will be taken through 120-km-long pipes to 62 villages under Koodankulam, Kooththenkuzhi, Thiruvambalapuram, Vijayapathi, Irukkanthurai, Chettikulam, Levingipuram, Parameshwarapuram, Uthayaththur, Navvaladi, Uvari, Karaisuttru Uvari and Kuttam village panchayats in Radhapuram union.

The Tamiraparani water will also be taken to another 38 villages in Valliyoor panchayat union to take the total number of beneficiary villages to 100, where over 85,000 people live.

“The quantity of water being supplied now is insufficient. Hence, the new scheme has been designed. Once the new scheme is completed in a year, every person in these areas will get 30 litres of drinking water a day,” said Collector C.Samayamoorthy.


Rs 245.55 crore sewerage scheme for four city areas

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The New Indian Express               09.07.2013

Rs 245.55 crore sewerage scheme for four city areas

Chennai Metrowater will soon be implementing a Rs 245.55 crore sewerage scheme in Kathivakkam, Sholinganallur, Karapakkam and Ramapuram under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission.

A Metro Water spokesman said that work orders had been issued for Kahthivakkam, Sholinganallur and Karapakkam. The work will be taken up shortly at a total cost of `162.33 crore. In the case of Ramapuram, tenders are under evaluation and the work orders are likely to be issued soon, he said and added that more than 46,280 houses were likely to benefit from the sewerage schemes, the spokesman said.

He said that in Kathivakkam, the plan is to build an underground sewerage network. “The area currently has no sewerage system and most of the households are dependent on septic tanks or holding tanks. The sewage water from some houses are directly let into open roadside drains that find their way to the nearest low lying areas,” he said.

Similarly in Sholinganallur and Karapakkam, the plan is to have 3,557 manholes besides construction of 10 sewage pumping stations and providing cast iron pumping main of a length of 12,350 metres.

In Ramapuram where there is no sewerage system, Metro water plans to build a comprehensive underground sewerage scheme for the entire area to stop houses letting out the sewage to roadside drains. “We will be providing collection system with Stoneware pipes and cast iron pipes for a length of 49,104 metres with 1,927 manholes. The plan is also to build five sewage pumping stations,” the Metro Water spokesman said.

The sewerage schemes in the four areas will improve the hygienic and sanitary conditions in the area, the spokesman said.

He said that it will take 30 months to finish the schemes in the four areas and this would benefit a population of 1.26 lakh people, the spokesman added.


Corpn. to remove weeds from tanks

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The Hindu              12.06.2013

Corpn. to remove weeds from tanks

Major problem:Water hyacinth covers most parts of the Valankulam in the city. —Photo: M. Periasamy
Major problem:Water hyacinth covers most parts of the Valankulam in the city. —Photo: M. Periasamy

Ukkadam Big Tank (Periyakulam) and Valankulam might soon be free of weeds if the Coimbatore Corporation goes ahead and implements its plan to de-weed the tanks.

Around a year ago, following instructions from Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, the civic body removed weeds from the tanks for a little more than Rs. 13 lakh.

This was after the Public Works Department fixed a rate for the exercise. The Corporation removed the weeds, used its vehicles to transport the weeds and destroyed the same.

This time, though, the Corporation has planned to talk to the contractor who is doing a similar work for the Kerala Government.

To study the work, Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu, City Engineer in-charge K. Sugumar and PWD Assistant Executive Engineer Ilango were in Alappuzha a couple of days ago to study how the Kerala Government went about removing the weeds and the cost involved.

They said that the Government through its fisheries and tourism departments was engaged in removing weeds through a contractor, who used imported machines.

It was an improvised boat with a cutter on one side and a platform like structure on the other to collect the cut weeds.

The boat had to either dump the cut weed by itself or pass it on to other boats for them to do the transportation job.

The boat cleared about two acres weed in a day.

They said that they had asked for a detailed working from the contractor.

The officials further said that the Corporation should go in for periodical de-weeding of the tanks and it should not be a one-off affair because the weeds would grow soon after the de-weeding exercise.

As for the cut weeds, the Corporation could go in for a bio-methanisation plant.

They said that unlike Kerala, the Corporation need not carry out the de-weeding operation round-the-year. It could instead choose to de-weed the tanks when the tanks were full of water. This would help the civic body reduce expenditure.

The officials said that the Corporation proposed to spend Rs. 20 lakh for the cleaning exercise.


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