Trial run in Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme

With the trial run in the Rs. 320 crore Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme nearing final stage, officials are hopeful of supplying 80 million litres of water to Salem in three days.

Since the trial run began four days ago, raw water is pumped from downstream of Mettur Dam and transmitted through the 42 k.m. main pipeline from Thottilpatti in Mettur to the city’s entry point in Mamangam. Water was let out through the 36 scour valves, present in the stretch and the new pipes have been cleaned of dust particles. On Wednesday evening, the water reached Palakaranur village in Mecheri taluk and from there it is expected to reach Mamangam through gravity by midnight.

Mayor S. Soundappan, Deputy Mayor M. Natesan, executive engineers and officials visited the places and monitored the trial run. They said that the trial run would continue till Thursday evening. If is found satisfactory, and all the processes are in place, treated water would be supplied to the residents from Saturday. About 15 MLD is received through the Mettur – Salem Old Scheme and 60 MLD through the Mettur – Salem – Attur Combined Water Supply Scheme. “The new scheme will supply 80 MLD to the residents,” they added.

However, Mr. Soundappan and Mr. Natesan said there would be no formal inauguration by the Chief Minister through video conferencing.

Sources told The Hindu that since only ‘Stage One’ of the scheme work has been completed and ‘Stage Two’ may take another year for completion, there will be no formal inauguration now.

“Protected drinking water would be supplied to the residents in two days,” the sources added.

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