The Rs.377-crore underground drainage scheme will be completed much before the stipulated 30-month project period, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra told presspersons on Friday.

The Commissioner's assurance came in the wake of charges by councillors at the Corporation Council meeting that the progress of the drainage works was tardy.

“About 15 per cent to 20 per cent works have been completed in seven months since the start of works. Totally, sewer lines have to be laid over 639 km. Lines have been laid for 93 km. Out of the 25,490 chambers to be constructed, we have completed 4,600,” he said.

“At this pace, we hope to complete the works quickly. The contractors too have offered to complete the works before the deadline.

“They are confident that 50 per cent of the project can be completed in a year,” the Commissioner said.

Mr. Mishra, however, pointed out that some difficulties could not be avoided during the implementation of a development scheme that involved the laying of pipes.

Roads dug up could not be closed quickly as curing period would have to be given.

The Corporation wanted people to put up with the inevitable inconvenience caused by a scheme that aims at providing an amenity.

It would not be wise to relay the road soon after filling the pits with earth as the surface would sink.

At least ten days should be given for the filled in portion to settle.

“In most areas, people realise the problem. In others where there are complaints, we explain to the people the situation.

“Then they also understand,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the Corporation had created 40 parks on 18 acres, with six of them nearing completion, across the city as part of beautifying the city in the run-up to the World Classical Tamil Conference. The city already had 74 parks.

The quality of work in the new parks was monitored closely by the Corporation and one contractor was even fined Rs.1 lakh for not meeting the quality norms.

The new and the old parks would be maintained under the public private partnership, he said.

More In: Coimbatore