Piped water for Neyyattinkara

The Kalippara project, conceived by the Kerala Water Authority two decades ago to solve water shortage in villages under the Neyyattinkara taluk, is yet to materialise. The prime reason is delay in sourcing funds and in getting administrative sanction for components of the scheme.

The project, which got off in 1994, by drawing water from the Neyyar to the 36-million-litre capacity treatment plant at Kalippara and from there through distribution networks, was aimed at supplying piped water to Neyyattinkara, Parassala, Parsuvekkal, Karumkulam, Kanjiramkulam, Thirupuram, Kulathoor, Karode, Chenkal, Kollayil, Marukil, and Maranalloor villages.

The KWA has built the treatment plant and commenced work on laying 800 mm ductile iron pipes along the 38-kilometre route from the plant to the overhead tank at Ponvila near Karode. Some of the other key components in the scheme, including setting up of three substations and high-power pump sets at six places still remain on the drawing boards, sources said.

“The treatment plant was completed in 2006 and it’s being kept idle for the past eight years. Around Rs.12 crore was spent to set up the plant, and more than Rs.30 crore to lay pipes and set up distribution networks. Keeping the plant inactive for a long time is not advisable. More than Rs.50 crore remains as dead investment,” said another official.

LIC backs out

The project got stalled when Life Insurance Corporation, its initial funding agency, ceased funding KWA in 2003. The project was kept in cold storage for almost six years. It was revived in 2009-10 after the State government sanctioned Rs.136.40 crore, which came as part of the Rs.5,000-crore budgetary support for public works to fight the adverse impact of global recession.

The project can be partially commenced if the government expedites the process to set up substations of 1000 kV, 500 kV, and 250 kV, and the raw water pump sets. The KWA had provided the Kerala State Electricity Board Rs.4.57 crore for getting power connection.