The collector well at Ayyalamman Padithurai to be renovated

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has decided to revamp the Golden Rock Combined Drinking Water Supply Scheme, the yield from which has come down drastically during summer in recent years to provide supply to the five newly added wards.

The scheme’s collector well at Ayyalamman Padithurai on the Cauvery will be renovated at a cost of Rs. 90 lakh as per a proposal in the corporation budget for 2014-15.

The Golden Rock scheme was supplying about 19 million litres a day (MLD) to a large segment of the city population, covering residential colonies in Ariyamangalam, Melakalkandarkottai, Sangiliandapuram, Senthaneerpuram, Subramaniapuram, Ponmalaipatti, Airport, Khajamalai, Crawford, Anbu Nagar, and Krishnamurthy Nagar. Most of these areas are now getting water supply from the recently commissioned new water scheme from the Coleroon.

Over the past decade, the yield from the Golden Rock scheme had often come down drastically during summer seasons and the Corporation had already sunk 13 deep borewells around its collector well to tide over the situation.

However, with the construction of a check dam on the Cauvery near Kambarasampettai, the corporation expects a significant improvement in the water table in the area.

Eleven new radial arms, which collect water from the riverbed, would be installed as part of the renovation. New motor pumpsets are planned to be installed.

Although the corporation has planned to execute a new water scheme for the five newly added wards, the Golden Rock scheme will be retained as an additional source. The scheme, once renovated, could easily supply 12 to 15 MLD of water required for residents in the five wards.

The new wards, falling under Golden Rock and Ariyamangalam zones, were added to the corporation following the merger of the Tiruverumbur Town Panchayat, and Pappakurichi, Ellakudi, Keezha Kalkandarkottai, and Alathur panchayats.