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Water projects for Kuttanad

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Water projects for Kuttanad

Staff Reporter
Interim, long-term projects discussed at a meet convened by Minister


Report on Rs.185-crore long-term project submitted

Blue Brigade, a mobile unit for pipe repair, for Alappuzha too

ALAPPUZHA: Proposals for an interim project and a long-term project to ensure that the people of Kuttanad will not have to consume contaminated water were the outcomes of a meeting convened by Water Resources Minister N.K. Premachandran here on Tuesday.

The meeting, attended by District Collector P. Venugopal, C.K. Sadashivan and Thomas Chandy, MLAs, district panchayat president R. Nazar, Municipal Chairman P.P. Chitharanjan, Kerala Water Authority officials and representatives of the 14 panchayats in Kuttanad, discussed threadbare the issues that led to contamination of water supply in Kuttanad, and in turn, the outbreak of cholera there.

Interim plan

An interim project, based on suggestions by panchayat representatives, would be submitted to the State government within a month of the KWA officials verifying its technical feasibility, Mr. Premachandran said.

This project will ensure adequate supply of water till a Rs.185-crore long-term water supply project was completed. WASCON, the consultancy wing of the KWA, presented a detailed report on the long-term project on the occasion.

Enough funds

The Minister, who said funds would not be an issue for both projects, said the Blue Brigade concept of a mobile unit for repairs and maintenance of water pipelines, being implemented in Thiruvananthapuram, would be extended to Kuttanad and areas under Alappuzha Municipality.

The Blue Brigade, which will reach the spot if the contractor fails to carry out repairs within 24 hours of the complaint being lodged, will also see to it that deals with contractors who repeatedly fail to do maintenance works are invalidated.

Other plans

Electronic chlorination of water from the 55 tube-wells in Kuttanad, using funds from the National Rural Health Mission or other government schemes, establishment of Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants, at least two each in every panchayat, were among other proposals raised during the meeting.

The RO Plants, which have been tried out successfully in Alappuzha town, will be set up if the local bodies agreed to bear maintenance expenses.

Plan to open barrage

Mr. Premachandran also said the government was considering keeping the Thanneermukkom Barrage open for one year on an experimental basis to see if that will solve the problem of water contamination. Subsidies for farmers, if they suffered any damages as a consequence, would be part of the idea, he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:10

Belgaum corporation sets up helplines

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Belgaum corporation sets up helplines

Staff Correspondent

Belgaum: In view of monsoon, the Belgaum City Corporation has set up “24-hour helplines” to provide emergency assistance to the people in the event of heavy rain and floods.

According to a press release issued here on Tuesday, people in need of emergency help may contact the officials by dialling 2405316.

Ward-wise helplines have been set up for the convenience of the people.

Those living in Wards 1 to 15 may contact Assistant Commissioner S.B. Adadki on 2405308 or 9448304684.

People residing in Wards 16 to 30 may contact Assistant Commissioner G.S. Patil on 2405310 or 9448471975.

Residents of Wards 1 to 30 may contact City Engineer D.A. Halgi on 9844220790 or Health Officer Satish B. Potdar on 9448114588.

Those residing in Wards 31 to 58 may contact City Engineer (in-charge) R.S. Nayak on 9448102297 or Health Officer A.A. Desai on 9448192829

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 15:00

Draw of lots for urban mission houses begins

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Draw of lots for urban mission houses begins

Staff Reporter

Each housing unit in the G+3 model costs Rs.1.65 lakhs

— Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Draw of lots to allot houses under the JNNURM under way in the city on Tuesday. GVMC Urban Community Development Project Director K. Srikant Prabhakar is at right.

VISAKHAPATNAM: Draw of lots for allotment of houses to beneficiaries under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission began on Tuesday at the Swarnabharathi Indoor Stadium. The draw is only for deciding the houses to be allotted to beneficiaries already selected. Each of the 25 sqm housing unit in the G+3 model costs Rs.1.65 lakhs in which 50 per cent and 20 per cent is Central and State Government subsidy respectively, 10 per cent is beneficiaries’ contribution and 20 per cent bank loan.

The draw began with picking up the flats for residents of Sebastian Colony on computer after randomising the beneficiaries. The computerised lot for the first batch was drawn by one of the benefiriaries.

The draw on Tuesday was meant for residents of 17 colonies, including Sebastian Colony, Kapparada and KRM Colony.

Commissioner B. Sridhar said that the allotment began for residents of various colonies on in situ basis. Of the 15,000 housing units sanctioned under the urban mission, construction of 12,000 started.

Construction of 3,000 units has been completed and 9,000 will be completed by July and August. Mr. Sridhar said there was no involvement of officials as the lots were drawn on computer after randomization.

The allottees would be given slips and their iris photograph would be taken.

The official allotment letter would be given at a public function later. The Commissioner said for 9,000 units the selection of beneficiaries was yet to be taken up. The Urban Community Development Project Director K. Srikant Prabhakar supervised the draw of lots.

Beneficiaries elated

“The wait for own house for the last seven, eight years ended with this allotment,” said a beaming Sk. Jahanna Khatoon who got a house at Sebastian Colony in the draw. They have been promised houses under the earlier VAMBAY scheme after a cyclone affected them.

Forty of the affected got housing around three years ago. Ms. Khatoon said she had so far paid only Rs.5,340 towards the second floor housing unit.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 13:02

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