Civic body to float tender soon
Coimbatore Corporation has initiated measures to remove weeds in Valangulam and Periyakulam. Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy told The Hindu that the civic body would remove water hyacinth from the tanks on pilot basis and then extend it to the other tanks in the city. The Corporation had estimated that it would take Rs. 8.10 lakh to de-weed Valangulam and around Rs. 5 lakh for Periyakulam.
This was in keeping with Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's April 3 announcement, in which she had said the State Government would initiate efforts to remove water hyacinth from tanks in the State. It would be similar to the anti-parthenium drive launched earlier.
The Public Works Department in its Schedule of Rates had fixed Rs. 33 as the base rate for cleaning a square metre of water hyacinth. Calculation based on the PWD amount worked to an amount, which he thought was very high for the Corporation to spend.
After studying the rate, the Corporation decided to remove the transport and other components and fix the rate at Rs. 7.59 for removing a square metre of water hyacinth. The removed weeds would be left to dry on open spaces or on bunds and then destroyed.
The Corporation had prepared the tender for de-weeding the two tanks and would float it in the coming days. For the sanctioned money, the Corporation would be able to remove weeds on 97,249 sq.m. area in Valangulam and 65,000 sq.m. in Periyakulam.