Two major projects, the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) drinking water project and the Rs.215.46-crore project for a sewerage system in the city, which were in limbo for long will be revived and completed soon, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

He said this after a high-level meeting with Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday.

The Rs.88.71-crore JNNURM project was held up due to non-payment of restoration charges to the tune of Rs.46 crore to the Corporation, Kerala Road Fund Board and the Public Works Department, the Minister said.

A high-level decision on this would be taken in a week and directions would be issued via the Corporation to the PWD.

Roads, which had been dug up to lay pipelines, would be re-laid after completion of work on the project.

As for the sewerage project, a 40-cents-plot at Edathara would be acquired soon for a pump house.

Team

Directions for the same had been issued to the District Collector by the Chief Minister, who also constituted a team comprising Mr. Sivakumar, Mayor K. Chandrika and TRIDA Chairman P.K. Venugopal to solve the disputes over the construction of a compound wall for the Muttathara sewage treatment plant.

Meeting

The meeting called together on Friday by Mr. Chandy was attended by Local Self Administration Minister Manjalamkuzhi Ali, PWD Minister V.K. Ibrahimkunju, Water Resources Secretary P.H. Kurien, KSUDP Managing Director Ajit Kumar, Kerala Water Authority Managing Director Ashok Kumar Singh, Local Self Administration Additional Secretary Prasad, JNNURM Technical Member R. Sukumaran and PWD Chief Engineer Santosh Kumar among other senior officials.

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