Coimbatore Corporation is comfortable on the water supply front

After having put up with decreased Siruvani and Pilloor supplies in the past few months, the Corporation is now sitting pretty on the water supply front.

With information pouring in every day that the inflow into Siruvani and Pilloor dams have increased, the Corporation is now contemplating alternate day supply.

According to sources, the civic body looking at alternate day supply has to do with it receiving more than 200 million litres a day (MLD) from the aforementioned two water sources.

As of Friday, the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board supplied 97 MLD to the Corporation.

It also supplied 65 MLD from the Pilloor Dam. Plus, the Corporation drew around 39 MLD from the Pilloor Dam under its dedicated water supply scheme.

From the two sources, the Corporation had received more than 200 MLD on Friday. And this situation is likely to continue in the new few days as the Siruvani catchments have been receiving good rain.

The sources say that the Dam received 116 mm rain in the 24 hours ending 8 a.m. Friday. The Adivaram received 38 mm. The catchments continued to receive good rain on Friday and it will be reflected in Saturday’s reading.

The increased inflow into the city’s reservoirs has forced the Corporation to advance water supply schedule — not only for Siruvani-fed areas but also those that are served with Pilloor water.

The sources say that Peelamedu, Singanallur, Ondipudur and other areas in the east of the city, however, will continue to receive water once in eight days as the main supply line is not wide enough to carry the water necessary for the residents of those areas.

The Corporation has drawn a proposal at Rs. 4 crore to replace the main supply line from the Ramakrishnapuram reservoir to the overhead tanks in Peelamedu, Singanallur and other areas.

Former East Zone Chairman and the current Ward 62 Councillor S.M. Samy says that the proposal is for increasing the width of the main supply line from 450 mm to 700 mm so that the Corporation is able to pump more water to the overhead tanks in Singanallur Varadharajapuram, Anna Nagar, Nethaji Nagar, G.V. Residency, Karunanidhi Nagar and D.J. Nagar.

He says that as part of the proposal to replace pipeline, the Corporation will construct a few more overhead tanks in Kothari Nagar, Tagore Nagar, Reliance Garden and a few other areas. The sources add that the decision on alternate day supply will, however, be taken by the Mayor S.M. Velusamy and Commissioner G. Latha after studying the situation for a couple of days. As of Friday, water level in the Siruvani Dam stood at 33.95 feet.

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