‘Corporation can start trial runs on using the network by March 2011'

The Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) will complete construction of the sewage network in the city by December, Superintendent Engineer Maninarayanan has said.

The network will be completely ready after the KUIDFC completes the construction of sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Surathkal and Jeppinamogaru and wells. It had already constructed STPs at Kavoor and Pachchanady as part of the network which were functional, he said.

The Mangalore City Corporation is developing the infrastructure with assistance from the Asian Development Bank.

Speaking at a review meeting convened by Mayor Rajani Dugganna here on Tuesday, he said that the MCC could start trial runs on using the network by March 2011.

Mr. Maninarayanan advised the MCC to hand over the STP at Kavoor and the five connected wells to the Mangalore Special Economic Zone Ltd. (MSEZL) at the earliest. The MSEZL and MCC are in talks to set up a special purpose vehicle under which the former will maintain the STP.

He said that the defect liability period for Kavoor STP was over. The pump installed at the Kavoor STP was expensive and MCC would find it difficult to bear the cost of maintenance, he said.

Legal battle

Mr. Maninarayanan said that the KUIDFC was also fighting a legal battle against two contractors who had backed out without executing the work of laying the sewage network. Efforts were on to recover the payment made to them. The KUIDFC has claimed damages amounting to Rs. 32.32 crore on behalf of the MCC, he said.

Commissioner of MCC K.N. Vijayaprakash was present.

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