Summer 2013 will be different from Summer 2012 for city residents as far as the water supply is concerned. This is what Mayor S.M. Velusamy hinted at a press meet held here on Saturday.
“The Corporation is looking for a permanent solution to solve the city’s water needs during summer. Two or three alternatives are under consideration.”
One is laying a pipeline between the main storage reservoir in Ramakrishnapuram and high level reservoir in Bharathi Park as to establish a link between the Pilloor water tank and the Siruvani water tank. If the two are connected, the Corporation will be able to supply water to Siruvani-fed areas as and when there is a dip in supply. “The distance between the two tanks is 12 km and the cost involved is around Rs. 40 crore.”
The other solution, Mr. Velusamy says, is building additional storage capacity in the city or its periphery to hold Siruvani water. “We are looking at storing 30-40 million litres – half the daily Siruvani supply.” And also augment supply from Bhavani and Aliyar schemes.
“The aim is to ensure that the city’s residents do not carry pots to fetch water or wait for lorries for water supply.”
Further on water supply, he says that the Corporation has obtained the State Government’s permission to install 500 kv generators at two of the pumping stations in the Aliyar scheme.
For the other two it has written to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation to supply undisrupted power, directly from the sub station.
The installation of generators will cost the Corporation Rs. 1.25 crore and the direct feeder supply another Rs. 50 lakh, says Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy.