Pipelines to be laid for 327.64 km
There is good news from the Coimbatore Corporation to the residents of Kavundampalayam, Vadavalli, Veerakeralam, Kurichi and Kuniamuthur. The civic body has readied a proposal for improving drinking water supply in the five areas, which, until recently, were outside the Corporation limits.
The new proposal is consequent upon a resolution the Corporation passed in the recent past.
According to sources, the Corporation’s proposal for a little over Rs. 28 crore is aimed at improving the drinking water supply in the aforementioned localities by laying new pipelines (distribution main lines) to convey drinking water.
At present, the sources say, the Corporation is forced to supply potable and non-potable water through the same pipeline network, because of which the quality, regularity and uniformity of drinking water gets affected. The size of the distribution main is also insufficient to meet the future needs.
The proposal says that the civic body will lay pipelines for 327.64 km – nearly 100 km at Rs. 6.36 crore in Kavundampalayam, nearly 100 km at Rs. 6.69 crore in Vadavalli, 57.93 km at Rs. 5.02 crore in Kurichi and nearly 77 km at Rs. 6.35 crore in Kuniamuthur.
The Corporation is also planning to link the Pilloor II pipeline network with the Aliyar’s.
As per the new proposal the Corporation will increase the water supply from the current 70 litres per capita per day (lpcd) to 135 lpcd, increase the size of the distribution main to 110 to 160 mm diameter, use HDPE (high-density polyethylene) pipes instead of the current PVC and have a metered tariff system.
Another reason for the Corporation to revamp the pipelines, the proposal justifies, is that the five localities have a population that they were expected to reach only in 2021.
The sources say that the Corporation has asked the State Government to sanction the funds under the Integrated Urban Development Mission scheme as it will be not in a position to take it up on its own, given the financial commitment it has. The sources add that the civic body will forward soon the proposal to the Government for approval.