Tenders issued for project

A parallel canal, constructed using trenchless technology, will soon be made a reality to tackle the regular flooding and water-logging in the Thampanoor and Pazhavangadi regions in the city, Health and Devaswom Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

In an official communiqué here on Saturday, the Minister said tenders had been issued for the Rs.18-crore project, which would be implemented under the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) using funds from the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Canal's route

The canal would begin from near the railway tracks adjacent to the KSRTC bus-station, cutting across the Pazhavangadi canal, across the over-bridge, passing in front of the SL Theatre and reaching up to the Old Collectorate. The 2.5-km concrete box drain model would aim at doing away with blocks that obstructed the free flow of water through these regions.

This would also do away with the blocks near the Kannammoola Bridge where the Pattom canal and Pazhavangadi canal met, also enabling free flow of water to the Amayizhanjan canal. Flooding at the Thekkumoodu and Plamoodu areas too would be solved with the proposed canal.

Tenders for a project to reconstruct the damaged sidewalls of the Pazhavangadi canal for a 5.5-km stretch from Observatory Hills to the Kannammoola Bridge to clear the canal of obstructions too had been called for. Asian Development Bank (ADB) funds would be used for this project, which would be implemented under the KSUDP and the work was expected to start shortly, the Minister said.