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Updated: November 28, 2013 10:05 IST

Railways clears sewer work at Yekkur

Raviprasad Kamila
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A newly constructed manhole at the residential area of Bajal in Mangalore.
Residents will be able to connect sewer lines from their houses to manholes
after March. Photo: H.S. Manjunath
The Hindu
A newly constructed manhole at the residential area of Bajal in Mangalore. Residents will be able to connect sewer lines from their houses to manholes after March. Photo: H.S. Manjunath

Nod crucial to wrap up the 10-year-old pipeline project

The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) received approval from the Southern Railway for laying a main sewage pipeline across the railway tracks at Yekkur in the city.

This long-awaited approval would allow the KUIDFC to lay a 100-metre long trunk line (main pipeline which is a linking line) under the railway tracks for pumping sewage water from Shivbagh, Jayanagar, Maroli, Padil, Tarethota, Bajal and Yekkur to a sewage treatment plant (STP) at Jeppinamogaru.

House connections

The approval was crucial for completing the 355-km sewer network project taken up 10 years ago by the KUIDFC under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (KUDCEMP).

M. Yashwant Raj, Executive Engineer, and in-charge Superintending Engineer, KUDCEMP, Mangalore, said that unless the linking line was laid, connections from houses to manholes could not be given in those areas, including in Jeppinamogaru.

Payment to railways

After the Southern Railway Headquarters, Chennai, gave the approval on November 14, the Divisional Railway Manager (works), Palakkad, through a letter on November 15, asked the KUIDFC to remit Rs. 39.36 lakh with it as different “charges”, which included security deposit, service tax, municipal tax, incidental charges, demarcation charges and plan preparation charges, and sign an agreement before commencing the work.

He said the KUIDFC was taking steps to remit the amount and it would be paid at the earliest and work would be taken up.

Power to wet wells

There was another pending issue relating to getting power connection to eight wet wells (sewage collection points) and two STPs. It was addressed last week.

Mr. Raj said that a contractor was selected through bidding last week for getting these projects done. Power connection to them was pending after the contracts of four electrical contractors were earlier terminated because of poor performance.

The new contractor would be issued work order shortly for getting power supply to eight wet wells at Padil, Faisalnagar, Jalligudda, Jeppinamogaru, Surathkal, Idya, Hosabettu and Kulai and two STPs at Jeppinamogaru and Surathkal.

Mr. Raj said that all the projects would be completed by March to enable people to connect sewer lines of their houses to manholes.

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